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From Posters to Carnivorous Plants

Holiday shopping crunch time is upon us, but no worries, there are some guides out there for some geeky-cool gifts. At Bitesize Bio, Suzanne Kennedy recommends some Einstein posters for the lab, meteorite jewelry, and snow leopard-print lab coats. Scientific American's Kate Wong lists some books that could go well on a scientists' coffee table such as Tui de Roy's Galápagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy and Felice Frankel and George Whitesides's No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale. Wired's Geek Dad has a series of posts with gift ideas. Ones that intrigue us include the Desktop Carnivorous Plant Set and the 200x microscope you can connect to your computer.

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.