Omics! Omics! blogger Keith Robison waxes sentimental in this post about his long history of using Perl to program mostly graphical interface tools. Starting out with Perl 4, moving his way through Java, Perl 5, and now, to keep up with industry trends, Python and C#, he talks about the pluses and minuses of each language as they pertain to bioinformatics.

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The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.