According to National Science Foundation statistics generated by the agency's annual Survey of Earned Doctorates, US institutions awarded 49,562 research doctorates in 2009, which represents the highest number ever reported by the study and a 1.6 percent increase over the 2008 total.

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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.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.