The Month of Showers and Fools


In honor of this month’s best holiday — that’s April Fool’s Day, for anyone who might have been thinking about Passover, Easter, or Tax Day (here in the US) — the Genome Technology editors have rounded up headlines that may be appearing in alternate realities right this minute.

As NIH Budget Crunch Worsens, Researchers Say It’s Easier to Raise Funds by Panhandling on Street Corners; Grant Applications Drop Sharply

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Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

FiveThirtyEight writes that most who take a direct-to-consumer BRCA1/2 genetic test won't learn much from it.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

In Science this week: early life experience influence somatic variation in the genome, and more.