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FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach has written Congress a letter asking for $275 million in increased funding for the agency, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune. Bowing to pressure from both Democrats and Republicans, the money will allow the opening of new foreign offices, increased inspections, and the construction of new databases to track drug hazards.

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.