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Custom-built antibodies don't always work the way they are supposed to and this can affect the results that researchers get in their experiments, NPR reports.

For instance, it notes that a multi-million dollar endeavor to develop a treatment for melanoma was disrupted after a researcher discovered that the antibodies being used were not dependable.

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A Harvard University professor has been charged with making false claims regarding funds he received from China, the New York Times reports.

Discover magazine reports that animal dissections might dissuade students from science careers, but that a firm has developed synthetic frogs for dissections.

Nature News reports that a US panel is reviewing current guidelines for federally funded gain-of-function viral research.

In PNAS this week: de novo mutation patterns among the Amish, an alternative RNA-seq method, and more.