There's a lack of good scientific advice being given to government officials in the UK, a senior MP laments in a letter to the Cabinet Office minister.
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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.
A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.
In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.
The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.