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Canada's elections this week delivered a major victory for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party. As Harper rejoices in his majority status, researchers in Canada wonder what will happen to the country's scientific endeavors. The Chronicle of Higher Education's Karen Birchard says the Conservative "triumph" may lead to increased investment in research.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.