This Week in Science

This week, Science captures "the allure of synthetic biology" in its special section on the field. "Biologists have been manipulating genomes ever since Paul Berg first described a method to covalently join duplex DNA molecules in 1972," the journal's Valda Vinson and Elizabeth Pennisi say.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.