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The Research Works Act has been officially dropped, reports ScienceInsider's Jocelyn Kaiser. The proposed bill, which would have banned NIH from requiring that its researchers allow the public to access their work, engendered much outrage from the research community, and caused thousands of researchers to start a boycott of publisher Elsevier for its support of the Act, Kaiser says.

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Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.