Earlier this week, Jonathan Eisen posted on a topic that came as something of a surprise to GTO (and, it seems, to Eisen as well). Titled "Good week for biology in the Bush Administration," the post details the winners of the National Medals of Science, which included some names familiar to this community, such as Marvin Caruthers and Rita Colwell. Also, he notes that plant geneticist Nina Fedoroff is the new science advisor to Condi Rice.

 

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Magdalena Skipper, the incoming editor-in-chief of Nature, speaks with NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Genetic genealogy has led to an arrest in another cold case, dating back to 1987.

In PLOS this week: mutation in second gene widens clinical symptoms of people with ADD3 mutations, comparative genomic analysis of Pseudovibrio, and more.

Wired reports that 23andMe is trying to bolster its outside collaborations.