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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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of intra-tumor heterogeneity, workflow resources for EPIGEN-Brazil, and more.