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Author and New York Times Magazine contributing editor Jack Hitt has written a book called Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, in which he talks about how important garage tinkerers and weekend innovators are in America, and how much they contributed to all facets of society.

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Nature News reports that researchers in Japan hope to soon test the use of reprogrammed stem cells to treat damaged corneas.

A new approach may help limit the number of fish that are mislabeled at markets or restaurants, according to New Scientist.

At Slate, the R Street Institute's Nila Bala discusses the privacy rights of suspects that genetic genealogy approaches in law enforcement bring up.

In PNAS this week: numerous mobile genetic elements contribute to Vibrio cholerae drug resistance, troponin I mutations in sudden infant deaths, and more.