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Science  31 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6477, pp. 490-491
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6477.490

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In science news around the world, the chair of Harvard University's chemistry department is arrested and charged with lying to authorities about his involvement in China's Thousand Talents Program, which recruits foreign scientists. Brazilian scientists protest the appointment of a creationism advocate to head a federal agency responsible for regulating all graduate-level programs at Brazilian universities. A U.S. advisory committee agrees to review how to balance security and transparency in research that tweaks risky pathogens in ways that could make them more dangerous to humans but also could yield insights into stopping outbreaks. Public health experts in the United Kingdom complain that the World Health Organization has spread "blatant misinformation" about the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria announces it will resume operations in North Korea against tuberculosis and malaria, reversing a 2018 decision to suspend the work.

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