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Competition and Collaboration

The National Science Board has put out its Science and Engineering Indicators report that says while the US is the largest R&D-performing country, China’s R&D/GDP ratio more than doubled between 1996 and 2007, from 0.6 percent to 1.5 percent. Also, the report says that the number of people with tertiary degrees has increased worldwide, most rapidly in developing Asian economies, while Western countries and Japan worry about a lack of student interest in the sciences and engineering. "Science and technology is no longer the providence of rich developed countries," says Rolf Lehming, director of NSF's Science & Engineering Indicators Program, according to The Scientist. "That opens up opportunities for collaboration. It also brings competitive elements into play.”

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.