Due to a technical error, the In Brief column is being included in Monday's Daily News bulletin instead of the usual Friday bulletin. Please note that the following news briefs are from the week of Dec. 11.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Abbott's board increased its quarterly common dividend to $.28 from $.265 per share, payable Feb. 15, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of the business day on Jan. 12, 2018.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.