Ever wonder what it takes to be the PI's favorite? Suzanne Kennedy at Bitesize Bio has a post about the traits of the "golden child" and how to "be on [the] 'awesome' list instead of the s-list," she writes. Among the recommendations: if you have a problem that can be easily researched, look up the answer on your own; take initiative; and show progress on an ongoing basis.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

In PNAS this week: optical mapping allows glimpse of structural variants, disease-linked GATA2 mutations boosts its protein activity, and more.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.