"The choice is pretty clear: the Republican candidates favor the teaching of creationist dogma in the science classroom," blogs Steve Salzberg. He posts about the candidates' ideas on whether to teach intelligent design alongside evolution, and while it's clear that Palin supports teaching both, McCain "has waffled." Both Obama and Biden are for teaching evolution alone, and Salzberg thinks this is the only way to save US science education.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.