Not So Super

The US Congressional "supercommittee" — a group of 12 lawmakers charged with making cuts to the US budget — has failed to come to terms on a deal, which has triggered a previously set group of budget cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. This will mean cuts for every department, including cuts to science and research budgets, says New Scientist's Peter Aldhous.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.