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Glass Half Full?

Though the newly announced Canadian budget for fiscal years 2010-11 is relatively accommodating to science research, some organizations have expressed disappointment with the allocation of funds, according to ScienceInsider and the Cross-Border Biotech Blog. Jeremy Gruschow writes that while the groups who are being directly funded ― such as TRIUMF ("Canada’s national laboratory of particle and nuclear physics") ― are expressing their gratitude, organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation are voicing their concern with the budget, which they say neglects critical research initiatives. Wayne Kundro reports that organizations such as the Canadian Association of University Teachers are articulating their discontent with the announcement of a pending federal review of science spending. Jim Turk, executive director of the association, told ScienceInsider that the upcoming review is likely intended "to tie academic research into the private sector."

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.