In a blow to all your health-records-in-the-cloud dreams, Google said that on January 1, 2012 it will shut down its Google Health project, once celebrated as a major step in getting electronic health records (and subsequently shared genomic information) to mainstream use.

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Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.