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In news, Science discusses the impact of President Obama's executive order that lifts federal stem cell research restrictions. The order will encourage more scientists to perform hES cell research, though others say with the advent of iPS cells, the move may have "value as primarily symbolic." Obama has given NIH 120 days to come up with guidelines for hES cell use.

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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.