Busy as a Bee

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 president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.