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The Scan

Wired hails the top 10 newly engineered organisms of 2007.

MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative is proving popular among students and fellow universities that are signing on to offer their own classes for free.

Scientists are still debating John Hawks' paper about accelerating human evolution.

Technology Review writes about biotech advances in 2007.

When Faster IS Better

Getting drugs to market faster is in the news.

That Fateful Journey

Charles Darwin's trip around the world began 176 years ago.

Parents of children with rare genetic disorders meet up.

Hwang Woo-Suk applies to begin new human embryonic stem cell work.

Certain genes are associated with being a bully or being a bully's victim.

A new paper looks at user scripts for the life sciences.

A blogger doubts that artificial genomes will lead to shifting philosophical views.

The NIH’s budget barely increases for 2008; open access for NIH-funded research.

A new web service brings together PubMed and Web 2.0.

A dry lab scientist works in a wet lab.

A commentary in The Economist suggests that sequencing wine grape genomes may lead to more than better yields and improved pest resistance.

Scripps Genomics chief Eric Topol provides a clear, concise overview of the state of personal genomics in the waning days of 2007.

Thanks to genetic analysis, a new paper shows that the many subspecies of West African giraffe are actually distinct species.

It's Tom Lehrer's paean to the periodic table, karaoke-style.

It's the debate that won't go away -- just how much are those impact factors worth, anyway?

Scientists are still divided over the existence of cancerous stem cells, but a new project to look for these cells in patients may help provide an answer.

This week's Science covers breakthroughs of 2007, stem cell research, miRNAs as up-regulators of translation, and more.

Tech Review offers a gift guide for geeks.

Steve Murphy blogs his predictions for the genomics field in 2008.

Keith Robison blogs about ever-increasing corporate hierarchies.

Nature rounds up the year, looks at the declining dollar, microchips and cancer, and more.


Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.