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At the Big Wide World blog, Charlie Ball advises students to "think twice" about getting a master's degree. The argument that a student needs a master's degree to find a good job sounds logical, but Ball is skeptical, saying his master's didn't help him find a job in the last recession and he's not sure job prospects have gotten any better.

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The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.