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Labor, health, and consumer advocates have asked the state to repeal the new single sales factor apportionment measure before cutting spending on social programs, but the life science industry is seeking to retain the tax break.

If it passes the state Senate, the measure, which passed the assembly, would declare it ethical for a lawmaker to solicit advice from life-sci pro hired through the new California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program.

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The decision, part of the state's 2010 budget, will allow life-sci shops in FY2011 to determine the percentage of corporate income taxes they owe the state based solely on sales, rather than combining sales with payroll and owned property.

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The White House has created a list of cuts, including to the NIH, that could be in a budget bill for this year.

The US National Institutes of Health is to allow applicants to cite preprints just as they would any other research paper, ScienceInsider reports.

Two manuscript pages handwritten by Charles Darwin are going on the auction block, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In PNAS this week: tool to track transcriptome-wide binding, evidence of balancing selection on behavior-linked genes, and more.