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  • From the Science Policy Blog

    ScienceInsider reported this week that the U.S. Supreme Court has said that the government shouldn't have banned the planting of genetically modified alfalfa pending completion of an environmental review, among other stories.

  • From Science's Online Daily News Site

    ScienceNOW reported this week that a deep sea may have once covered Mars, false peepers frighten predators, a genetic map of autism is coming into focus, and the New World may have been settled twice, among other stories.

  • Who Are the Jews? Genetic Studies Spark Identity Debate

    Two new studies conclude that most members of the far-flung Jewish Diaspora can trace their roots to ancestors who lived in the Middle East more than 2000 years ago, apparently refuting controversial claims that most of today's Jews descend from more recent converts.

  • Researchers to Return Blood Samples to the Yanomamö

    Researchers will be releasing parts of their collections of samples taken from the Yanomamö in Brazil and Venezuela during fieldwork in the 1960s and early 1970s to the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C., which in turn will escort them back to Brazil and the Yanomamö tribe.

  • Major Heart Disease Genes Prove Elusive

    So far, genome-wide association studies have not found common genes with a big impact on heart health; researchers hope that the low-effect genes they are finding will help identify pathways and drug targets.

  • From Science's Online Daily News Site

    ScienceNOW reported this week that a genetic discovery promises to boost rice yields; animal reserves can be good for people, too; a way to measure the average body temperature of animals that lived millions of years ago; and a new estimate puts the number of arthropod species in the tropics at about 3.7 million, well below the 30 million once suggested; among other stories.

  • From the Science Policy Blog

    ScienceInsider has been providing dedicated team coverage of the Gulf oil spill, including a critical look at the much-ballyhooed risk that the Loop Current would drive the oil to Florida, among other stories.

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