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President Obama has recently called for a three-year freeze of all US federal, non-military employee salaries. But Mike the Mad Biologist says all this will do is "make things worse for research in the US." NIH program officers are already overworked and there aren't enough people to get the work done, he says, so this move will make morale worse and make retaining good people even more difficult.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.