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US President Barack Obama is bringing a "stellar list of scientists" to work for the federal government, writes James Gentile, from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, in the Huffington Post. Francis Collins, he adds, is just the latest scientist to be confirmed. Gentile says that Collins is just the person to help build a new high-tech-based economy.

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NPR reports that researchers have developed chimeric embryos as part of work toward growing human organs in animals for organ transplants.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration is set to make changes to federal restrictions on fetal tissue research.

In Science this week: approach to isolated trace DNA from archaic humans from sediments, and more.

Texas Monthly looks into the DNA Zoo being collected by Baylor College of Medicine researchers.