US President Barack Obama's science report card is in, and it would appear that the chief executive of the US is something less than a straight-A student.

The Scientist recently surveyed experts from both sides of the political spectrum to get their views on how the president has done in five areas — health, environment, energy, science education, and space — since taking office.

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In Nature this week: mouse genome functional analysis, more sensitive chromatin immunoprecipitation, and more.

The Center for Data Innovation and HealthITNow argue for re-building of genomic research infrastructure.

A Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to require articles resulting from federally funded projects to be made publicly available, according to ScienceInsider.

The US is heading toward another budget showdown, Nature News says.