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Researchers looking for alternative support for their projects amid a tight funding environment might want to consider two industry-funded award competitions launched this week.

One, called the Populus Award, is sponsored by UK-based Population Genetics and will provide "financial and expert practical support for the completion of a multi-sample gene sequencing project" using the company's proprietary molecular tagging technology.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.