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