Blogger Science Professor says that the question of whether to earn an MS before, or while, pursuing a PhD is one that she fields often. In general, she says, the question is "impossible … to answer, because the 'right' answer will vary." It depends on the goals and skills of the individual, the field, and the program's perceptions of the two degrees.

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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.