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In PLOS Genetics, an international team led by investigators in the UK describes a mitochondrial mutation involved in a progressive kidney disease called tubulointerstitial kidney disease, which can eventually lead to renal failure. In a UK family with a maternally inherited form of the disease, the researchers did mitochondrial genome sequencing on urinary epithelial cells in affected individuals.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

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