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Uncle Sam's Science

The US Department of Defense has become one of the biggest funders of synthetic biology research through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is funding projects that use biology to produce new materials, fuels, and medicines, says Nature's Erica Check Hayden at Discover magazine's The Crux blog.

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The White House has created a list of cuts, including to the NIH, that could be in a budget bill for this year.

The US National Institutes of Health is to allow applicants to cite preprints just as they would any other research paper, ScienceInsider reports.

Two manuscript pages handwritten by Charles Darwin are going on the auction block, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In PNAS this week: tool to track transcriptome-wide binding, evidence of balancing selection on behavior-linked genes, and more.