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In Science this week, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin describe a study they conducted in humans and the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae indicating that orthologous genes from the two species that diverged about a billion years ago can retain their ancestral functions for just as long. The investigators replaced 414 essential S.

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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.