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All Sequester's Eve

The showdown in Washington, DC, over the sequester is unlikely to be resolved before the March 1 deadline, Politico reports, predicting that bills aimed at preventing the across-the-board cuts are merely "political cover" and will fail to receive the required number of votes to pass the US Senate.

Funding agencies and research institutes across the US are already planning for dealing with funding cuts.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.