This Week in Science

In commentary appearing in this week's Science, US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins discusses the "severe budget constraints" his agency is set to face. "Americans need to know that today's basic research is the engine that powers tomorrow's therapeutic discoveries," Collins says. "They need to know that basic research is the type of science that the private sector, which requires rapid returns on investment, cannot afford to fund."

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.