Looming Austerity

A winner of this year's Nobel Prize in physics and other researchers call in an open letter on European lawmakers to protect European Union research funding from austerity measures, the Nature News Blog reports. The EU has told its member nations to cut domestic spending, and some have responded by saying the EU should then also cut costs.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.