NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – What has surprised Chris Austin most as he has begun settling into his new job as director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has been the volume of eager responses the new center has received from people across the biomedical science spectrum.

He has spent much of his time answering emails and calls from "high level people in every arena of the research ecosystem" who want to know what programs NCATS has in the works and how they may be able to get involved.

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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.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.

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