This week, The New York Times' Gina Kolata spoke with four women scientists at the top of their fields to get a feel for "their lives as scientists, the joys and struggles of research, and the specific challenges women in science face." Among the four is the University of Washington's Mary-Claire King, who tells the Times she believes that, for female researchers, "the choke point is going from a postdoc to an assistant professorship to a tenure-track position." After that, she says, it's

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.