The Irish government's focus on funding grants with an eye toward boosting the economy is being called out as "short-sighted" by some 900 scientists in a letter, according to Nature News. The researchers argue that basic research has been overlooked and underfunded.

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of intra-tumor heterogeneity, workflow resources for EPIGEN-Brazil, and more.