For years, people with cats have been warned about the potential for contracting the parasite Toxoplasma gondii from their pets — a parasite that has infected about a third of all people, and has already been linked to neurosis and schizophrenia, among other things, says LiveScience's Charles Q. Choi. Now, researchers from the US Geological Survey have found a correlation between Toxoplasma and brain cancer.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.