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This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: a DNA repair map for Saccharomyces cerevisiae, an in vitro method for genetic mapping in hybrid mammals, and more. 

The company's new QuantStudio 5 Dx Real-Time PCR system allows users to wield multi-modal software to detect pathogens.

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Honor Rescinded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.

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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.