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Out of the Frying Pan

Kathleen Sebelius edged one step closer to being the US Secretary of Health and Human Services yesterday when the Senate Finance Committee endorsed her, enabling a full Senate vote on her appointment. This article from the LA Times details the partisan bickering that went along with the committee vote and the criticism that has been raised about the Kansas governor, including income tax issues, improper reporting of political contributions, and supporting research on "the comparative effectiveness of drugs and medical procedures."

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.