Pains wrought by the sequestration of the US federal budget have already begun to put the hurt on biomedical and genomics research communities, as had been predicted, but also it is directly affecting cancer clinics and patients, which was not expected.

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The New York Times' George Johnson muses on cancer's roots in multicellularity.

The San Diego Union Tribune wonders whether Medicare is ready for personalized medicine.

Jun Wang, the chief executive of BGI, has stepped down.

In a column at Nature, researcher Fyodor Kondrashov worries about the influence of politics on Russian science.