For parents, attending a scientific conference can be a feat of logistics or just not possible, notes an opinion piece appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. The authors, from the Working Group of Mothers in Science, offer four recommendations that they say would help ease the attendance barrier.

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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.