In the British Medical Journal this week, researchers in Australia and the US present findings from a randomized trial comparing long-term recurrence of cancer and survival of patients having major abdominal surgery for cancer. The researchers followed patients who were randomly assigned to receive general anesthesia with or without an epidural block for at least three days post-surgery.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.