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The fourth version of Jonathan Eisen's "Overselling Genomics Award" goes to the University of Western Ontario for a press release announcing that new honeybee research by Graham Thompson proves that selfish genes are not just theoretical. The paper cited describes four QTLs associated with worker bee sterility, an altruistic behavior.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.