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Science increasingly affects aspects of everyday life, and scientists should offer advice and guidance to politicians and policy-makers, write Michael Elves and Ian Gibson, the chairman and president respectively of the Newton's Apple Foundation, in the Guardian. The UK organization promotes the incorporation of science and scientists in policy development.

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The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.