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Stephen Quake is back doing a guest post at Olivia Judson's blog, this time focusing on the "artificial divisions" between pure and applied research. Over the years, he says, there have been many examples of researchers, from Archimedes and Lord Kelvin no less, who made both fundamental scientific discoveries and applied ones.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.