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Science  16 Dec 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6318, pp. 1356-1358
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6318.1356

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In science news around the world, U.S. President Barack Obama signs a continuing resolution that freezes government spending through April 2017 at U.S. agencies but spares some research-related projects, the United States signs a mammoth biomedical bill into law this week that could portend major changes for how the Food and Drug Administration evaluates stem cell therapies, U.K. biologists and ethicists debate whether human embryos should be cultured in the lab beyond 14 days after fertilization, PubPeer scores a key win in its legal battle with a researcher who claims anonymous comments on its website sullied his reputation, scientists employed by the Canadian government successfully negotiate a clause in their contracts that guarantees their right to speak to the public and the media without seeking approval first, and more. Also, a prominent French physicist and popularizer of science stands accused of plagiarism. And two new studies, one in Colombia and one in Brazil, strengthen the link between Zika virus infection of pregnant women and a range of serious birth defects.