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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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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.