After seeing years of flat budgets, Steven Salzberg at the blog Genefinding bemoans the lack of increased funding for the NIH, considering expectations that the new Democratic Congress would be putting more money into scientific research. In part, he says, it's a combination of anti-science politicians on the right and a scientifically illiterate public who contribute to perpetuating this lack of support.

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A federal grand jury has indicted Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh Balwani for alleged wire fraud in conjunction with their activities at Theranos.

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