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The Data Chop

A casualty of the effort to reduce spending by the US federal government may be Data.gov, reports MIT's Technology Review. The budget for the Electronic Government Fund is being cut from $35 million to $8 million, creating fears that some programs will not be funded. Harlan Yu, a graduate student at Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University tells Tech Review that Data.gov introduced a standardized data format for that makes it easier for the data to be processed by third parties. Joseph Kelly, chief operating officer of Infochimps, adds that the real problem would be if that data is lost or no longer accessible. "The website is really great, but the crucial thing is the actual data," he says.

The Scan

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.