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At The Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen reveals all the gory details of his anti-doping April Fool's prank, for which he gathered a bunch of fellow scientists and bloggers to create a fake press release and website for the alleged "NIH crackdown" on using performance-enhancing drugs. Ironically, it is popular among academics, as a survey that Nature conducted earlier this year reveals.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.