There are many different ways to mess up an experiment, and Emily Crow at Bitesize Bio gives five ways "to destroy your agarose gel." Her favorite ways to do so include using water instead of TAE or TBE buffer, not adding the ethidium bromide, and just dropping the nicely made gel on the floor, among others. "Pouring and running an agarose gel is a simple and routine procedure that you probably learned soon after joining your first lab.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.