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Second Attempt to Renew Science Spending Slashed

Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN)'s second attempt to renew the America COMPETES Act was crushed this week after it failed to win the supermajority requested in the case — despite the fact that the House members voted 261 to 148 in favor of it, according to Science Insider. "Although every Democrat supported the new version, it won the votes of only 15 Republicans. Gordon needed a dozen more converts to gain the necessary two-thirds majority," Science reports. According to Inside Higher Ed, Republican legislators who opposed the bill "said they supported its goals but continued to believe it would authorize too much federal spending and create too many new programs." The Boston Globe adds that House majority leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said he "planned to bring the bill back to the floor soon under normal rules requiring only a majority for passage."

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.