Jenny Rohn, a cell biologist at University College London, writes at Occam's Corner at the Guardian that she had noticed that there is a gender imbalance in research biology, as compared to medicine, but hadn't dug too much deeper. In medicine, the number of men and women in the field are beginning to approach parity. A recent paper from Shelley Adamo, a psychology professor at Dalhousie University, got Rohn wondering, though, about why.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.