Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Science for the Recovery

In a letter the head of the European Commission, leaders of European scientific agencies say that cuts to the scientific budget will harm Europe's economic recovery, reports The Guardian. The European Union is set to decide its science budget for 2014 through 2020 this week, the article adds.

The Guardian notes that the EU has set aside €80 billion for its Horizon 2020 initiative to bolster research and innovation in the region, but that that figure is now under negotiation. Additionally, the article says that the European Life-science Infrastructure for Biological Information, or ELIXIR, program may also face funding cuts.

"Science leads the way out of recession, so cutting science budgets is most certainly not the way forward," Rolf Heuer, the director general of CERN and a signatory of the letter, tells The Guardian. "In times of recession, it is incumbent on the public sector to maintain the basic science base, ensuring that there is science for industry to apply."

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.