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Science  13 Jan 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6321, pp. 112-114
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6321.112

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In science news around the world, U.S. officials release a plan to help agencies decide whether to fund controversial studies that make viruses more dangerous, a new survey of U.K. academics finds that 90% still think universities will be harmed by the country's departure from the European Union, members of the U.S. Congress call for a ban on federal funding of research with fetal tissue donated after elective abortions, internet entrepreneur Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Starshot initiative signs up for telescope time at the European Southern Observatory to get a better look at its target, the Alpha Centauri system, and more. Also, PLOS ONE is poised to lose its title as the world's largest peer-reviewed journal to another open-access publication, Scientific Reports, published by Springer Nature. And scientists explore the many unusual skills of the eellike hagfish, from surviving shark bites to tying itself into knots to tear apart its prey.