Independent Citizens Oversight Committee

The report, prepared by an independent state oversight commission, recommended 15 changes that included shrinking the CIRM governing board from the current 29 members to 15; reducing the terms of members from eight to six years; and changing the authority for appointing new board members.

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Earlier this month the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine said it plans to privately sell $200 million in bonds in this and the following fiscal year in case it will be unable to access public capital.

A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.