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Britain's National Health Service aims to "test whether an entire health-care system is ready" for the personalized selection of cancer treatments via broad genetic testing, Nature News reports. "In its first phase, the program will be rolled out to as many as 12,000 NHS cancer patients over two years, beginning in early 2011," according to Nature.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.