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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Science speaks with the University of Michigan's Jedidiah Carlson, who has tracked population genetic discussions at white nationalist sites.

Gene therapies could qualify for a faster US Food and Drug Administration approval process, according to Stat News.

NPR reports that the US House of Representatives has passed a bill to enable terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.

In Genome Research this week: inversion variants mapped in human, non-human primate genomes; transcriptome profiling of maize, sorghum; and more.