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Science  10 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6474, pp. 126-127
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6474.126

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In science news around the world, health authorities in China are investigating whether a novel virus jumped from animals to humans at a market in the central city of Wuhan, causing at least 59 unusual cases of pneumonia. The American Anthropological Association and other scientific societies issue a statement protesting President Donald Trump's proposal to bomb cultural sites in Iran, later ruled out by the U.S. military as unlawful. More than 125 scientific societies and journal publishers warn the Trump administration not to move forward with a rumored executive order that would make all journal articles produced by federally funded research immediately free to the public. A court in China sentences a leading animal genetics researcher to 12 years in prison for embezzling research funds and reaping illegal gains totaling more than $4 million, despite calls by senior members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for clemency. The Trump administration proposes principles on how U.S. federal agencies should regulate the use of artificial intelligence by the private sector.

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