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A story in the New Scientist reports on the recent io9 mad scientist competition, which is part of a DIY biology movement that aims to help people without top-notch equipment and years of training to run experiments, especially in the area of synthetic biology.

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The New York Times Magazine examines gender discrimination at the Salk Institute.

Science reports that MD Anderson Cancer Center has dismissed three researchers over foreign tie concerns.

A second death in gene therapy trial for type 1 spinal muscular atrophy is under investigation, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: antibiotic resistance patterns in Escherichia coli, a dozen genetic loci tied to varicose vein risk, and more.