Increasingly, graduate students "are leaning heavily on loans and grants to pay for their education," The Chronicle of Higher Education's Ryan Brown says, discussing a new report released by the US Department of Education this week.

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NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.

Researchers report they sequenced and identified plant species in an "al fresco" laboratory.

An Australian team searches for genetic alterations linked to depression in hopes of developing personalized treatments, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PNAS this week: host contributors to typhoid fever risk, effects of obesity-related variants near TMEM18, and more.