Over on Aetiology, Tara Smith discusses the future of graduate students and post-docs – it is not looking so bright. She quotes a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article that says that the long training time, job shortages in academia, and the daunting competition for research grants is a bit of a turn-off.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

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