Science at the UN

The United Nations has put together a scientific advisory board to provide advice to world leaders on science policy, the Nature News blog reports. The board, set up by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, consists of 26 scientists who will serve two-year terms.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.