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Results from the 2011 Science National Assessment of Educational Progress at Grade 8 are in, and they show that US eighth graders scored a 152 out of 300 on the national science test — two points higher than what eighth graders evaluated in 2009 had earned, reports ScienceInsider's Jeffrey Mervis.

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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.