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Republican politicians have been trying to limit data to only those publicly available, but opponents say that would neglect private, yet important, information.

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image: Jim Bridenstine Confirmed to Lead NASA

Jim Bridenstine Confirmed to Lead NASA

By Kerry Grens | April 19, 2018

The US Senate narrowly approved the politician, who does not have a science background.

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image: Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents

Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents

By Diana Kwon | April 13, 2018

The nationwide experiment will initially include around 100,000 volunteers.

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image: Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat

Sweet Tooth Gene Tied to Less Body Fat

By Kerry Grens | April 11, 2018

A study of more than 450,000 people finds a certain genetic variant associated with eating more carbs is linked to a thicker waist and higher blood pressure, but less fat.  

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image: Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies

Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies

By Diana Kwon | April 5, 2018

The Texas Tech University professor also investigated the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on surrounding wildlife.

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A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.

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In a survey of more than 1,000 current and former students, 41 percent indicate experiences with faculty and other employees ranging from sexualized comments to rape.

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image: USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops

USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops

By Diana Kwon | April 2, 2018

Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.

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image: Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death

Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death

By Catherine Offord | March 29, 2018

Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.

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Last year, researchers claimed the gene-editing method had accuracy issues, but a new whole-genome sequencing analysis by the same team finds otherwise.

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