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French researchers' unions are poised to strike on February 2nd in response to a decree that allows university presidents to determine how academics split their time between research and teaching -- moving the French research system closer to the Anglo-Saxon model, according to Science Insider. In a speech French president Nicolas Sarkozy called the current system, which is controlled by the state, "infantilizing and paralyzing." Sarkozy also said, "I don't see at all how a system of weak universities, led by a finicky central government, could be an efficient weapon in the battle for intelligence."

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.