Online PhD this week says that "as funding for higher education constricts, fewer tenure track academic positions for recent graduates are opening as universities increasingly turn to economically cheaper adjunct and part-time professors to instruct their ballooning classes." All the while, it adds, the US is producing significantly more PhDs than in the past. "The result is a job crisis for PhD candidates," Online PhD says.

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In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of Malaysian tuberculosis strain, database of bat genomes, and more.

An editorial appearing at The Scientist bemoans the high numbers of mitochondrial genome papers and suggests a different path for mitochondrial genome research.

Researchers and drug developers are excited about the potential of CRISPR-Cas9-based therapeutics, the Wall Street Journal reports.

US lawmakers want to develop a new incarnation of the National Children's Study, ScienceInsider reports.