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The American chestnut used to tower in forests on the East Coast of the US until a blight imported along with Asian chestnuts decimated them, but with genetic help from other plants, Scientific American's David Biello says the American chestnut may make a comeback.

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Researchers have developed a robotic lab assistant, the Verge reports.

CBC News reports Canada's Supreme Court is to rule on the constitutionality of the country's genetic non-discrimination law today.

The Associated Press reports the World Health Organization is sending experts to China to investigate the animal source of SARS-CoV-2.

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