In other open-access news, a bill that requires research funded by the NIH to be freely available within 12 months of publication is making its way in front of the US Senate (it is part of the fiscal year 2008 appropriation bill). A similar bill has already been passed in the House. Blogger Coturnix urges readers to contact their senators to "ensure that taxpayer-funded research is freely available to its funders -- the taxpayers."

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Cancer researcher Alan Rabson has died at 92, the New York Times reports.

As the National Guideline Clearinghouse goes dark, the ECRI Institute says it will pick up the slack.

In Genome Research this week: sequencing method examines proteins parasite uses to evade immune system, L1 insertions in cancer, and more.

The Atlantic reports on private Facebook support groups for people who receive unexpected parentage results from direct-to-consumer genetic tests.