In September, Discover Magazine's Bad Astronomy blog reported that the ruling conservative party in Canada was forcing government scientists to get permission before publishing results to the public. But there's a difference between making sure results are correctly publicized and deciding whether they can be distributed to the public at all, Bad Astronomy noted at the time, likening the rule to government censorship of scientific results.

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The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.