Blue Lab Coats blogger DrdrA provides advice on crafting "useful" grant reviews. Reviews, she says, can "be very instructive if correctly written," though "totally useless if not carefully done." Considering that "more often than not, someone's career is on the line," DrdrA recommends that potential reviewers seriously consider whether they can dedicate the time and effort required to deliver the "most careful review" possible.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.