Michael Edmonds at Molecular Matters contemplates why the general public seems unconvinced that doing science is as much a creative endeavor as creating art or writing poetry. This may be, in part, because "it is easier for the average person to understand — at least superficially — what a painter, poet, or artist does," than to comprehend the seemingly recondite "realm of the scientist," according to Edmonds.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.