Nearly three years after Chilean scientists took to the streets of their country in protest of poor working conditions and career prospects, their government has approved the creation of a science ministry, ScienceInsider reports. Gonzalo Blumel, the country's minister secretary-general of the presidency cited the government's ambitions to "bring Chile towards an information and knowledge society" when he announced the decision.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

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