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Because of state surveillance and human rights concerns, Thermo Fisher Scientific says it will no longer sell equipment in the Xinjiang region of China, the Wall Street Journal reports. It adds that the firm has also said it would stop servicing machines already there.

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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.