Rush Holt, a former assistant director of Princeton's Plasma Physics Laboratory who now serves as a Democratic congressman for New Jersey, says that while scientists may remain a minority in Congress for the foreseeable future, there's no reason that scientific thinking shouldn't be more pervasive in governmental decision-making.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.