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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A European team has launched a four-year study to develop a test to gauge cervical, ovarian, uterine, or aggressive breast cancer risk in women.

As interest in personalized medicine grows, government contractors are entering the field, the Washington Post reports.

In PNAS this week: spatiotemporal study of lncRNA expression, role of extrachromosomal, circular DNAs in yeast, and more.

In PLOS this week: Plasmodium knowlesi population genetics, oral microbiome of infants and children, and more.