AAAS

Two dozen scientific organizations have endorsed the March for Science, according to ScienceInsider.

Researchers rally near the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston.

Science Defenders

AAAS CEO Rush Holt says researchers are concerned about how society views science and notes the need to defend it, Stat News reports.

Honor Rescinded

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has decided not to make chemist Patrick Harran a fellow, Nature News reports.

Debate over budget increases to fund research will wait until the new House and Senate members arrive with aims to cut federal spending.

Stanford University researcher Uta Francke took attendees through a host of issues related to the concept of the human genome as personal property at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting this weekend.

Researchers at the AAAS annual meeting highlighted the use of ancestry markers and other genetic information rather than self-reported race for studying everything from disease association to population genetics.

"We need to be mindful of the goal of comparative effectiveness research and not lose all that we have gained in understanding how individuals differ and how that could be factored into better diagnostics and preventive strategies," Collins said at a colloquium on personalized medicine hosted by AAAS.

An advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said at a meeting this week that regulators are discussing ways to regulate EHR systems.

PSU biological anthropologist Mark Shriver and his team are using admixture mapping and other approaches to understand how genes influence the variation in human facial traits seen around the world.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.