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Blogger Genomic Repairman says that at a recent society-sponsored career workshop for graduate students, speakers representing a variety of careers — from tenure-track professors to lawyers, consultants, and NIH program officers — emphasized the importance of writing skills. "Communication skills were huge components of each of the careers, but writing was valued even more than oral communication," he writes.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.