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To keep biomedical research chugging along happily, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology says the NIH budget needs to get raises after the stimulus funding runs out. According to Science Insider, NIH needs a 10 percent raise in 2011 and 3 percent above inflation (6 to 7 percent) raises after that, so that in 2012, the NIH budget would be $36 billion. If these increases do not happen, incoming FASEB president Mark Lively says, new awards will plummet.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.