To study how external signaling factors and internal regulatory networks affect embryonic stem cell renewal in mice, scientists at Tsinghua University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing looked at how SMAD-mediated BMP signaling "balances self-renewal versus differentiation" in Genome Research this week.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.