Dr. Mom has a blog post listing 10 things to make sure you exclude from any personal statement you may be writing -- be it for fellowships, grad school applications, award submissions, you name it. The list of things to avoid includes great cliches such as "quotes from famous people"; "sob stories"; and "any sentence starting ... Ever since I was a little kid I have always wanted to..."

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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.