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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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.