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Sydney Brenner, Robert Horvitz, and John Sulston will be presented next month with the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for their work in programmed cell death and genetic mutations. Meantime, proteomics scientists John Fenn, Koichi Tanaka, and Kurt Wuethrich split the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

 

Fighting a resource crunch, Caliper Technologies laid off 25 people, or approximately 10 percent of its staff.

 

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In PLOS this week: genetic study of breast cancer in Egyptian families, mutations linked to cleft lip and palate, and more.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools are encouraging more girls to pursue STEM courses, according to the Associated Press.

Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.

In Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.