The Independents

While the across-the-board sequester cuts in the US are affecting all types of scientific research and research institutions, Dave Levitan argues in Scientific American that independent research institutions are particularly vulnerable to shrinking budgets.

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The New York Times profiles 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki and describes how she bounced back from a bad year.

Fotis Kafatos, the founding president of the European Research Council, has died, according to the Associated Press.

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of honeybee disease, microRNA profiles of people with lupus nephritis, and more.

The Verge's Angela Chen tried out a gene test for fitness advice, but didn't learn much new information.