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Science  21 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6101, pp. 1438-1439
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6101.1438-b

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In science news around the world this week, an official who was reprimanded after a 2008 scandal involving tainted baby formula has been promoted to deputy director of China's State Food and Drug Administration, U.S. government science programs will be under a spending freeze for now—but deep cuts may come later, Japan will phase out nuclear power and end the Monju project, and the Lao People's Democratic Republic cut its child mortality rate by 72% between 1990 and 2011.