NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News), Oct. 3 - This week, the Washington, DC area buzzed with biodefense-related news and events.  At the British Embassy, participants in the Smallpox Research Grid feted the completion of the project,  while at the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council held a workshop to discuss issues surrounding access to genomic data for potential bioterror agents.

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Germany's Project DEAL has come to an agreement with the publisher Wiley over journal access and open-access publishing, ScienceInsider reports.

A Canadian panel recommends public coverage of the gene therapy Kymriah if its cost comes down, the Globe and Mail reports.

Researchers uncover additional loci associated with lifespan, which the Telegraph says could be folded into a genetic test.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: new accurate quantification by sequencing approach, CNV breakpoints in Plasmodium falciparum, and more.