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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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Nature News reports the US National Institutes of Health is investing in studies of the long-term effects of COVID-19.

The National Health Service is to offer Novartis's Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy later this year, according to the Guardian.

Taiwan is to launch a pilot program offering genetic testing to cancer patients, the Taipei Times reports.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to protection against tuberculosis, identification of loci associated with increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the aerodigestive tract, and more.