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The New York Times magazine this past weekend looked into the burgeoning world of do-it-yourself synthetic biology. The article follows a team of students from San Francisco's City College that entered the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition at MIT. The students embarked on building a battery powered by bacteria.

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A new Trump executive order about "free inquiry" on college campuses may threaten $35 billion-worth of federal research funding, reports Ars Technica.

As we enter conference season, Nature News asks why graduate students and postdocs are sometimes forced to choose between paying the rent and paying to attend important meetings.

A new analysis says that a 2018 study claiming to show biparental mtDNA inheritance has several flaws.

In PNAS this week: a genome sequence analysis of Crucihimalaya himalaica, multicellularity and fruiting body development in mushroom-forming fungi, and more.