At the Kaggle blog, Anthony Goldbloom asks, "What has bioinformatics ever done for us?" He plans to award $100 to the person who provides the best answer, as judged by an expert panel.

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Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

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