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In this week's Science, a University of California, Los Angeles-led research group reports on the identification of a gene in Caenorhabditis elegans that protects embryos from a toxic protein passed down from mothers. Specifically, they found that toxic products from a gene called sup-35 is deposited into fertilized eggs and will cause death in embryos that don't express a gene called pha-1.

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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.