The scientific community is taking action to prevent drastic funding cuts that will be triggered on Jan. 2, 2013, if the US Congress can't agree on a plan to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.

Sequestration would shave $2.4 billion from the National Institutes of Health's 2013 budget and $456 million from the National Science Foundation, according to an analysis from the American Association for the Advancement of Science conducted earlier this year.

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Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

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