Science and Policy

Lewis Branscomb, a former IBM vice president, has given $1 million to the Union of Concerned Scientists to create a Center for Science and Democracy, reports the Nature News Blog. "We do not want to replicate what others are already doing well," says Kevin Knobloch, the president of UCS.

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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.