The US National Institutes of Health has issued a reminder that the ongoing sequestration cut of five percent to its budget, which amounted to nearly $1.6 billion in 2013, will lead to delays in advances of biomedical breakthroughs, such as research into a universal flu vaccine, or the prevention of chronic conditions, and common and rare diseases.

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In PLOS this week: phylogenetic study of hepatitis E viruses in Swedish moose, recombination sites in the honeybee genome, and more.

Differences in DNA methylation could be used to distinguish between DNA samples obtained from identical twins, researchers say.

A retrovirus that's been integrated into the human genome appears to have a role in embryonic development, researchers report.

A report from MIT identifies areas of scientific research where declining research support is hindering needed advances.