Stem Cells Push Back

The habit of putting handcuffs on human embryonic stem cell research might soon become a thing of the past, two news items point out today. Federal lawmakers want to get rid of three patents related to human embryonic stem cells, which could ease restrictions on future commercialization.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific says it will no longer sell machines in China's Xinjiang region, according to the Wall Street Journal.

New Scientist reports that 20 percent of human and yeast proteins are uncharacterized.

The University of Zurich's Ruedi Aebersold and his colleagues analyzed a dozen HeLa cell lines to find differences in gene expression, protein levels, and more.

In Nature this week: protein-coding variants associated with body-fat distribution, and more.