Science and the Cliff

The looming fiscal cliff, with its January 1st deadline, could lead to automatic cuts to the US budget, including about $57.5 billion in funding over the next five years for research and development programs, reports Science Progress, a progressive science policy website.

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A federal grand jury has indicted Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh Balwani for alleged wire fraud in conjunction with their activities at Theranos.

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A direct-to-consumer genetic testing company sent out used spit kits, CNBC reports.

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