Blogger Damn Good Technician, in referencing a recent episode of Mad Men in which a departing secretary is instructed by her boss to write her own recommendation letter, discusses the implications of a PI asking trainees to write their own letters of rec. Sure, Mad Men is set in the 1960s, but Damn Good Technician says that the practice is alive and well.

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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

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