Many classic school science experiments have been shelved due to safety concerns, reports the UK's Times. Experiments such as dropping sodium in water or setting fire to magnesium are often skipped as "fear of burns, spillages and volatile reactions means that even mundane procedures such as distillation are often viewed online rather than performed in the laboratory," says the Times.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

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