Kelvin Droegemeier, the new director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, called for a "second bold era" of basic research during a speech at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Geekwire reports.
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The Associated Press reports that a state board in Texas has asked ANDE, a maker of rapid DNA machines, to halt its work there.
James Wyngaarden, the former director of the US National Institutes of Health, has died at 94, according to Duke University School of Medicine.
Researchers find that a 30-year-old skull comes from a narwhal-beluga hybrid, according to Science News.
In Nature this week: study of value diversity in GWAS, Epstein-Barr virus subtypes linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma risk, and more.