Researchers plan to tinker with the A(H7N9) influenza virus genome to assess its pandemic threat, as Ron Fouchier from Erasmus Medical Center in The Netherlands, Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and some 20 colleagues write in a letter to both Nature and Science.

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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.