In a guest post on the Simply Statistics blog, Debashis Ghosh, chair of the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design study section at the National Institutes of Health, explains how the government shutdown is impacting NIH study sections, which "will likely have disastrous long-term effects on the state of biomedical and scientific research."

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In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision involving the use of "inadvertently shed" DNA in a police investigation and subsequent conviction.

A panel at the New York Times discusses anonymity and privacy of users of 23andMe's services when access to its database is offered for research.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a House subcommittee to discuss his agency's budget request.