The HMS Beagle set sail on December 27, 1831, carrying with it the man who would soon set the scientific world on its ear with his theories of how life on earth evolved, and continues to. Without having taken this somewhat dangerous four-year journey, Darwin would have likely become a "country parson," and On the Origin of the Species would never have been published, says zoologist Peter McGrath in the Guardian.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.