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An article looks at how state stem cell funding in California will pan out as the CIRM is about to start doling out major awards for building renovations at state campuses and newly created institutions like the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. "The consortium is an example of how California's philanthropists have become heavily involved in shaping the agency — and how scientists, in turn, have tapped into the state's private wealth," says a news feature.

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.