Just Small Change

Merck is "actively looking" for biotechs to partner with or even purchase, CEO Dick Clark tells the Wall Street Journal Health Blog. Merck just completed its merger with Schering-Plough so Clark says such a large deal is "off the table right now" as the company settles in but "single-digit billions" of dollars deals could work.

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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.