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Charles Criscione at Texas A&M University was first author on a study appearing this week in Genome Biology that created a genetic linkage map for the blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni, in order to enable more research on this "neglected pathogen," says the abstract. He and his team genotyped grandparents, parents, and 88 progeny to construct a linkage map of 243 microsatellites positioned on 203 of the biggest scaffolds in the genome sequence.

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In PLOS this week: genetic study of breast cancer in Egyptian families, mutations linked to cleft lip and palate, and more.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools are encouraging more girls to pursue STEM courses, according to the Associated Press.

Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.

In Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.