Below the Line

The US government is letting the country's biomedical infrastructure crumble, writes Michael White at Pacific Standard.

From the late 1990s through the early 2000s, the budget for the US National Institutes of Health about doubled. But since then, White notes that success rates for NIH grants have dropped, as has the number of young investigators heading up labs.

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Differences in DNA methylation could be used to distinguish between DNA samples obtained from identical twins, researchers say.

A retrovirus that's been integrated into the human genome appears to have a role in embryonic development, researchers report.

A report from MIT identifies areas of scientific research where declining research support is hindering needed advances.

In PLOS this week: phylogenetic study of hepatitis E viruses in Swedish moose, recombination sites in the honeybee genome, and more.