A Science 'Champion'

When it comes to science, President Barack Obama has been a champion and a cheerleader who has revived moribund research programs, highlighted the value of scientific enterprise, and launched new initiatives to train the next generation of innovators, White House senior Science Advisor John Holdren told an audience recently.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.