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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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also contributed to brain research, NPR reports.

The New York Times reports on the shifting interpretations of what some genetic variants mean over time.

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.

MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.