Roundup 4/16 : Mutations Edition

A $3 billion budget deficit in Florida could mean the loss of $50 million in state biomedical research funding.

Hoping to cash in on personalized cancer therapy, a new company called Foundation Medicine—founded in part by genome guru Eric Lander of the Broad Institute—plans to develop tests for genetic glitches in tumors that make them vulnerable to specific drugs, reports the United Kingdom's Times Online.

Several House of Representatives lawmakers yesterday introduced a plan to make research papers produced with federal dollars freely available to the public. The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2010 (H.R. 5037), championed by public access groups, mirrors a Senate bill that expands a policy at the National Institutes of Health to more agencies.