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The Tipping Point?

At The Guardian, University of Bristol researcher Mike Taylor says that a petition in the US to urge President Barack Obama to implement open access for all federally funded research could "tip the scales in favor of open-access publishing." The problem of open access has been a hot topic in the past few months, with researchers, publishers, funding bodies, governments, and much of the scientific community chiming in with their opinions. There have been many calls for more open-access journals and castigations of the publishing industry. Meanwhile, publishers respond that their fees are necessary.

Taylor says mandates from funders are the way to resolve the problem. And now, the issue has caught the attention of Obama's science advisor. "There is a feeling that the administration fully understands the value of open access, and that a strong demonstration of public concern could be all it takes now to goad it into action before the November election," Taylor says.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.