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Elias Zerhouni went to bat for stem cell funding yesterday. In a hearing on the proposed 2008 budget for NIH, Zerhouni said that the US restrictions on federal funding for stem cell research leave NIH fighting "with one hand tied behind our back," according to this wire story.

 

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.