Nature reports that the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars is protesting a proposal in the nation's 2010 budget that would tax their salaries, saying that "the taxation would create an unfair disparity between postdocs and graduate students, because graduate students' compensation is not taxed." According to Nature, CAPS is seeking to meet with officials before the budget vote this spring.

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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.