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At Genetic Future, blogger Daniel MacArthur warns readers who are thinking of buying a SNP scan from one of the three leading personal genomics companies to think twice. First, these tests gauge variation by looking at common variants, which misses the point:  disease isn't usually caused by simply one allelic mutation, but by many rare variants. Secondly, gene chips won't do the job here.

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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.