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The US will no longer be part of an international test of advanced mathematics and physics, reports Science. The National Center for Education Statistics says that it cannot afford the test's cost, but critics say that the Bush administration is pulling out because a bad performance on international tests would reflect badly on the No Child Left Behind Act.

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A letter criticizing actions by the US government and research institutions toward Chinese and Chinese-American scientists has garnered more than a hundred signatories.

NPR reports that researchers in New York are investigating whether it is possible to edit the genomes of human sperm.

In an opinion piece at the Nation, Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher argues that everyone should be able to access prenatal genetic testing.

In Nature this week: ancient DNA uncovers presence of Mediterranean migrants at a Himalayan lake, and more.