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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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.