Over at the BenchFly blog, three well-established PIs, who've each trained dozens of grad students and postdocs, share their thoughts on "the characteristics that make a truly great graduate student." Charles Craik at the University of California, San Francisco, says that "great students show a sense of urgency," which is "critical" in science. Michael Marletta at UC Berkeley says that "drive, determination, and confidence" factor most in his lab.

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The UK's Human Fertility and Embryology Authority calls for consumer genetic testing companies to warn customers that testing could uncover family secrets, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times reports that United Nations delegates have been discussing how to govern the genetic resources of the deep sea.

Researchers have transplanted edited cells into mice that appear to combat cocaine addiction, New Scientist reports.

In PNAS this week: analysis of proteolytic enzymes secreted by circulating tumor cells, phylogenetic study of Fv1 evolution, and more.