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Iran's scientific output grew 18-fold from 1996 to 2008, going from 736 published papers to 13,238, says New Scientist's Andy Coghlan. According to a new report from the UK's Royal Society, this is the fastest rate of scientific growth in the world to date.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.