Feel like setting up a betting pool of your own? Check out this blog entry from Paul Bracher, a research assistant at Harvard who pens ChemBark, in which he handicaps some of the frontrunners for the Nobel Prize in chemistry this year. You'll see from the list (and from the ensuing comments) that there's no shortage of biologists in the race.

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