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A Christmas day post on Slashdot has sparked a lively debate with comments growing ever longer and more boisterous. At issue: an editorial from Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz, an economist who rails against the concept of drug patents in the British Medical Journal. The anonymous author of the post claims that "in medicine, patents cost lives."

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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.

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