Jonathan Eisen has a blog post at The Tree of Life highlighting a paper about intelligent design from the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology by Mark Farmer and Andrea Habura. "Basically, the article is a detailed discussion of how examples relating to microbial eukaryotes ... that are used by Intelligent Design advocates are, well, BS," Eisen writes.

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The New York City medical examiner is overseeing an effort to identify missing persons using DNA, according to the Associated Press.

Nobel laureate Günter Blobel has died at 81, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: mouse model of genetically induced emphysema, gene expression signatures of circulating melanoma cells, and more.

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