At Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter discusses what software biology students should be learning. While she uses Excel and Google Docs, she says students should choose programs based on three criteria: which programs they will be expected to know when they graduate, programs that have essential features, and programs that other instructors are using.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.