To Stay or to Go?

Scientists are divided over how an independent Scotland would affect research there, Nature News reports. Scotland votes in a referendum next on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom.

Groups like Academics for Yes say that an independent Scotland would better be able to allocate research monies to science and areas of research that would best benefit Scotland. On the other hand, the group Better Together says Scottish success in the sciences would be affected.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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