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The Month of Showers and Fools


In honor of this month’s best holiday — that’s April Fool’s Day, for anyone who might have been thinking about Passover, Easter, or Tax Day (here in the US) — the Genome Technology editors have rounded up headlines that may be appearing in alternate realities right this minute.

As NIH Budget Crunch Worsens, Researchers Say It’s Easier to Raise Funds by Panhandling on Street Corners; Grant Applications Drop Sharply

Eric Lander Runs Out of Friends with Money; Broad Institute Announces Layoffs, Furniture Auction; Budgets are Restricted to Federal Funds

$1,000 Genome Competition Ends Abruptly as Scientists Realize They Were Using Wrong Reagents; Experiments with Correct Reagents Sequence Genomes for Just $2.99

Universities Sue New Parents for Passing Patented Genes on to Offspring; IP Lawyers Advise Parents to Wait Until Patents Expire Before Producing ‘Generics’

Sick of Studying Y Chromosomes to Find Genghis Khan Descendants, One Scientist Shifts Search to Progeny of Margaret Gorman, Inaugural Miss USA

Three Days from Completion of Sorcerer II Expedition, Craig Venter Succumbs to Seasickness, Calls It All Off

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.