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A Nature news article interviews Nina Fedoroff, a former plant geneticist and proponent of GM crops, who will take office as the new science and technology adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The interview probes her views on science and politics, and science foreign policy.

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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.