This Week in Nature

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania show in Nature this week that miR-34 "regulates age-associated events and long-term brain integrity in Drosophila." In its analysis, the team uncovered evidence that "miRNA-dependent pathways may have an impact on adult-onset, age-associated events by silencing developmental genes that later have a deleterious influence on adult life cycle and disease." The Penn team adds that miR-34 may be important in those processes.

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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.