Big Science vs. the R01

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When US President Barack Obama named Francis Collins as his choice for director of the National Institutes of Health, it was no surprise that people immediately began debating the pros and cons of the candidate. What was surprising, at least to much of the genomics community, was that one of the arguments against Collins centered on arguably his greatest achievement: leading the Human Genome Project.

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Cancer researcher Alan Rabson has died at 92, the New York Times reports.

As the National Guideline Clearinghouse goes dark, the ECRI Institute says it will pick up the slack.

In Genome Research this week: sequencing method examines proteins parasite uses to evade immune system, L1 insertions in cancer, and more.

The Atlantic reports on private Facebook support groups for people who receive unexpected parentage results from direct-to-consumer genetic tests.