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The American Association for the Advancement of Science has decided not to make chemist Patrick Harran a fellow, Nature News reports.

Debate over budget increases to fund research will wait until the new House and Senate members arrive with aims to cut federal spending.

Stanford University researcher Uta Francke took attendees through a host of issues related to the concept of the human genome as personal property at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting this weekend.

Researchers at the AAAS annual meeting highlighted the use of ancestry markers and other genetic information rather than self-reported race for studying everything from disease association to population genetics.

"We need to be mindful of the goal of comparative effectiveness research and not lose all that we have gained in understanding how individuals differ and how that could be factored into better diagnostics and preventive strategies," Collins said at a colloquium on personalized medicine hosted by AAAS.

An advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said at a meeting this week that regulators are discussing ways to regulate EHR systems.

PSU biological anthropologist Mark Shriver and his team are using admixture mapping and other approaches to understand how genes influence the variation in human facial traits seen around the world.

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Despite increasing evidence that the action of some drugs is influenced by patient genetics, testing for such variants has not been widely adopted as part of standard practice, AAAS meeting attendees heard this weekend.

In a talk at the AAAS meeting in Chicago, Stanford University bioengineer Drew Endy said that the US needs a national initiative to support and encourage synthetic biology.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins' response to contamination concerns at the agency might have delayed care.

The final revision of the Common Rule doesn't include the proposed change requiring consent for leftover biospecimens.

The first Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology papers show mixed results.

In Nature this week: mobile phone-based targeted DNA sequencing, and more.