Decked out in a lab coat and holding flasks, one of the new Lego figurines is a first — a female scientist, says the Christian Science Monitor.

Lego, LiveScience points out, had been called out recently for marketing its plastic brick toys mainly to boys and otherwise tapping into gender stereotypes.

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Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.

Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmental DNA sampling can be used to track elusive organisms.

In Genome Research this week: repetitive satellite DNA in the fruit fly, transcriptome map assembly pipeline, and more.