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A news feature by Jonah Lehrer takes a look at Jeff Lichtman's imaging work on creating a connectome, or a complete map of neural wiring in the mammalian brain. Having such a map, researchers argue, would lend insight into diseases like autism and schizophrenia. "The brain needs a connectome, just as modern genetics needed a genome," says Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins' response to contamination concerns at the agency might have delayed care.

The final revision of the Common Rule doesn't include the proposed change requiring consent for leftover biospecimens.

The first Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology papers show mixed results.

In Nature this week: mobile phone-based targeted DNA sequencing, and more.