William Brinkman, who leads the US Department of Energy's Office of Science, is stepping down from that position, citing personal reasons, in April, ScienceInsider reports. In his farewell note, though, Brinkman applauds the Office of Science on a number of fronts, but he also says that he is worried about budget cuts facing research and development in the US.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

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