The US National Cancer Institute this week said that it will provide $35 million over three years to support as many as four Cancer Genome Characterization Centers. Approximately $11.7 million will be allotted this year, according to the NCI's request for applications.

The centers, part of the Cancer Genome Atlas project, should be a major source of public cancer data that may provide the basis for future targeted cancer drugs, diagnostics, and combination products.

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ScienceInsider reports that a new security policy at the US Food and Drug Administration may prevent foreign nationals from working there.

WBUR in Boston looks into Orig3n's genetic fitness assessments to find more research is needed.

Cleveland.com reports that getting a DNA profile removed from a law enforcement database can be tricky.

In PNAS this week: de novo mutations contribute to non-syndromic craniosynostosis, fungal tree of life, and more.