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A US House of Representatives spending panel has approved a flat budget for the National Science Foundation, ScienceInsider reports.

"We've protected the National Science Foundation because we understand that funding basic research is essential to the nation," says Representative John Culberson (R-TX), the chair of the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations subcommittee. 

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

In Nature this week: genomic ancestry analysis of Sardinians, current noncoding mutations in colorectal cancer, and more.