US President George Bush made all his science policy decisions, including those concerning climate change and stem cells, back in 2001 and has stuck with them ever since, writes Chris Mooney in today's Guardian. "The broadest way of stating the problem is that throughout his presidency, Mr. Bush has let politics rule everything and left virtually nothing to dispassionate analysis.

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DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.