Mary McKinney at the Tomorrow's Professor Blog writes that a good relationship with a mentor can be "the difference between success and failure." She then gives some tips on how to cultivate mentors, including that junior professors should not "focus on demonstrating your own brilliance.

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A new report highlights the potential threats posed by advances in synthetic biology, NPR reports.

A Bloomberg reporter tried to get her genetic data deleted, but found it's not so simple to do.

Johns Hopkins University's Steven Salzberg and his colleagues have come up with a new estimate for the number of human genes, Nature News reports.

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