Travis Kaya at The Chronicle of Higher Education's Tweed blog reminds readers they'd be surprised by the "stuff you find on eBay." Case-in-point: College of William & Mary biologist Kurt Williamson is the proud owner of a refurbished Zeiss 190 transmission electron microscope worth nearly $20,000, though he paid less than half that by purchasing it secondhand on eBay.

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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.