The newly elected governor-to-be of Louisiana is one example of a conservative politician who is anti-science, writes Steven Salzberg. Bobby Jindal, also the first Indian-American elected governor, favors teaching intelligent design in Louisiana schools. Salzberg is calling for conservatives out there to speak up for science. "Does 'conservative' mean 'anti-education' or even 'anti-knowledge?'" he asks.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.