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In the blog world today, computational biologist nsaunders at What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate asks readers to talk about the "fear factor" -- the feeling, when you sit down to write a paper or an article, that "everything you’ve done is complete rubbish."

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

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