Schools in Iowa are encouraging girls to take science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses, particularly computer science classes, the Associated Press reports.

"Computer science has been and is still a male-dominated field," Jason Plourde, director of secondary education at Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools tells the AP, adding that they are trying to change the balance.

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NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In Genome Biology this week: post-transcriptional modification-based stratification of glioblastoma, single-cell analysis of gene expression and methylation in human iPSCs, and more.