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Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline says he hopes a report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas holds. That outplacement consultancy firm says that layoffs in the pharmaceutical industry have slowed: March 2010 saw 308 cuts, which, the report says is well off last year's pace. Lowe says how you interpret the news relies on your worldview.

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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.