NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The long-looming approach of the end-of-year deadline to avert a federal 'fiscal cliff' - the combined expiration of major tax cuts and enactment of across-the-board cuts to federal discretionary spending - has spurred the US research community into action as they have pressed for a deal that would spare science spending.

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In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture in Brazilians, characterization of novel double-stranded RNA mycovirus, and more.

Researchers report that what scents someone picks up can reflect their complement of immune genes.

The New York Times examines ethics and China's push to lead biomedical research.

At her blog, Sally Rockey dives into National Institutes of Health funding data.