Fund Us, Too, Please

At Building Confidence, Russ Altman says that the US stimulus package should fund academic research. He lists different ways that research grants affect the economy, including job creation, job training, and the development of new technologies. "Research is a great investment: jobs today and potential discoveries that will form the basis of our economy in the future," Altman writes.

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.