In an editorial, Nature's team explains the rationale behind asking for independent verification of the primate cloning paper that has already seen lots of media attention. The editorial makes it clear that the decision to obtain second-party verification was based on past problems in the cloning arena, rather than any misgivings about the research team behind the latest paper.
In a paper, Andreas Brune describes the first metagenomic analysis of the intestinal tract of a termite. The goal of the work was to help understand the organisms that help termites turn wood into energy.
And in this news story, Nature reports on Germany's first national academy of science, based at the Leopoldina, a 350-year-old scientific academy.