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New Horizon

The European Parliament has approved the Horizon 2020 funding scheme, ScienceInsider reports. Horizon 2020, first proposed in 2011, is the European Union's research and innovation initiative. With almost €80 billion over seven years in funding, the program aims to bolster research in the EU by, as a press release notes, focusing on the three "pillars" of good science, leadership in industry, and challenges facing society.

ScienceInsider notes that the European Commission originally proposed €80 billion in funding for Horizon 2020, and the European Parliament backed an increase to €100 billion, but "it faced resistance from money-conscious member states, which instead downsized the budget." Still, the current Horizon 2020 funding level is higher than its predecessor program, which was given €55 billion.

"This is a vote of confidence in the power of EU research and innovation funding. It paves the way for more investment in knowledge and competitiveness in Europe," Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science, said in a statement after the vote.

Member states must next formally approve the program, and the first call for proposals is set to go out December 11.

The Scan

Less Than Half

An effort to reproduce key findings from high-profile preclinical cancer studies finds less than half could be replicated, according to the Scientist.

Still Some SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing Holes

The Wall Street Journal reports that viral genomic surveillance has improved in the US, though says there are still gaps.

Avoiding Passing Them On

People with known disease-linked genetic variants are turning to in vitro fertilization so as to not pass those variants to their children, the Washington Post says.

PNAS Papers on Long Cell-Free DNA in Maternal Plasma, Genetic Propensity for Voting

In PNAS this week: long, cell-free DNA of maternal and fetal origins identified in maternal plasma, and more.