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New Science Program for Peru

With a $100 million program, Peru's prime minister aims to advance scientific research, according to the Nature News Blog. The funds for the program come from the Peruvian government and the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Nature News Blog adds that they will be awarded through a bidding process. Prime Minister Juan Jimenez calls the influx Peru's "most important economic contribution to science, technology and innovation."

While Juan Rodriguez from the National University of Engineering calls this program a "magnificent sign," he also tells the Nature News Blog that the funds need to be well managed and should be used to bolster scientific infrastructure.

The Scan

Wolf Howl Responses Offer Look at Vocal Behavior-Related Selection in Dogs

In dozens of domestic dogs listening to wolf vocalizations, researchers in Communication Biology see responses varying with age, sex, reproductive status, and a breed's evolutionary distance from wolves.

Facial Imaging-Based Genetic Diagnoses Appears to Get Boost With Three-Dimensional Approach

With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

Survey Suggests Multigene Cancer Panel VUS Reporting May Vary Across Genetic Counselors

Investigators surveyed dozens of genetic counselors working in clinical or laboratory settings, uncovering attitudes around VUS reporting after multigene cancer panel testing in the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

Study Points to Tuberculosis Protection by Gaucher Disease Mutation

A mutation linked to Gaucher disease in the Ashkenazi Jewish population appears to boost Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in a zebrafish model of the lysosomal storage condition, a new PNAS study finds.