"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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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.