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In an op-ed on Politico.com, AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner today denounced a report by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and John McCain (R-Arizona) that satirizes cherry-picked research projects and misrepresents a number of valid research investigations as government waste.

Traditionally, cheating in sports through doping has been enabled mostly by advances in pharmacology. But as new methods of genetic modification emerge, both the scientific and the sports communities are becoming increasingly aware that gene therapy—the insertion of genes into an individual’s cells and tissues—will make its way onto the playing field.

In an age when genetics and genomics research is progressing so fast that not even new teachers are up to date, two Web sites created at the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center are providing an excellent source of new material while educating a hugely diverse audience of users.

Because of their value as educational tools, Learn.Genetics and Teach.Genetics are being honored with the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education.