Science writer Carl Zimmer posts an assignment to his readers at his blog, The Loom:  send him pictures of your science-related tattoos. Besides getting quite a few comments (and interesting pictures), he's managed to stir a bit of discussion on the debate over whether having a tat makes a scientist less serious in the lab.

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This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.