Derek Lowe talks job news at his blog, In the Pipeline. Apparently a potential Roche takeover has spurred a lot of Genentech employees to start looking elsewhere. "Some other Bay area biotechs are apparently seeing shoals of CVs coming in," he says. If you're looking on the east coast, though, good news is that Merck, EMD-Serono, and the NIH Chemical Genomics Center are all hiring.

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