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The BBC rounds up the influence of science on US presidents past as well and the current candidates. Science, says the article, informs presidential decision-making from energy policy, to war, to the conduction of research in the nation. Physicist Michio Kaku tells the BBC that grasping the science behind building atomic bombs could influence if or when a country goes to war.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.