In the British Medical Journal this week, Nigel Hawkes says the number of deaths after surgery for bowel cancer in England is much higher than was previously thought. According to a new study, five English medical centers, or trusts, had rates of death within 30 days of surgery that were "significantly worse" than the average for England from 2003 to 2006. Three trusts had better than average death rates during that time.

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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.