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Scientists must show the public how "cool" their research really is, says Francis Collins — hence the Rock Stars of Science campaign, in which researchers team up with prominent rock stars in order to promote their work. The NIH director was one of the "founding father[s]" of this campaign, which launched in 2009, says Chris Mooney at The Intersection blog.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.