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A news item looks into all the maize genome drafts out there -- three were published last week -- and this crop has growing importance in biofuel research. With $30 million, a consortium headed by Richard Wilson at Washington University is working on the B73 maize strain, Mexico's Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada has $9.1 million from the Mexican government to sequence a native, high altitude "popcorn" strain, and Daniel Rokhsar is looking at Mo17.

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University of Idaho researchers model the scientific discovery process to examine the link between reproducibility and scientific truth.

A bill passed by a US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee would give scientific agencies including the National Science Foundation boosts in funding.

Relocating USDA agencies outside of Washington, DC, may make them less effective, critics of the move tell NPR.

In PLOS this week: genes that help Borrelia burgdorferi survive in ticks, CiliaCarta collection of about 1,000 suspected cilia genes, and more.