The annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology very nearly achieved gender parity for speakers, writes Johns Hopkins University's Arturo Casadevall, who chaired the ASM general meeting program committee in 2014 and 2015, in mBio.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.