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Two articles from the UK's Guardian highlight increasing tension between funding for basic research and a focus on science with short-term financial impact. According to this story, a group called Scientists for Global Responsibility published a report saying that British "government policy has 'driven a corporate agenda into the heart of universities,' undermining their openness and independence," the article says.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.