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At Brian Switek's Laelaps blog, he writes a heartfelt post, chronicling what he calls his "tortuous academic path to date." For some vicarious living, and maybe to feel better about the fact that you've actually made it into graduate school without that much existential angst, check out his post here.

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Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.