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Paging Dr. Eisen ... Science Commons announces a new protocol to encourage open access.

California's stem cell agency just can't stay out of trouble.

Blogger Keith Robison wonders what companies mean when they say "it's in our DNA."

A new tomography approach gets down to 3 nm resolution for a 3-D look at proteins in cells.

PGP participant John Halamka blogs about good conflict resolution practices.

Today, Science reports on a CTD code, a central lab in London, methane-producing microbes, and more.

WSJ issues a caveat emptor for consumers interesting in genetic testing.

More bad news for the pharma/biotech sector.

A blogger says that medical scientists, not major genome centers, should be directing the human microbiome project.

Nature focuses on proteomics, small RNAs, a new systems biology consortium, and more.

Time magazine names the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2007.

A blogger reveals how to negotiate a good lab startup package -- or at least, how not to negotiate one.

Speaking of snake oil, here's a new dating service that matches people based on the "smell" caused by their immune system genes.

WSJ looks at massive shifts at pharmas as the former chemist dream teams are being laid off.

A blogger wonders what's preventing people from sending someone else's DNA under their own name to a consumer genomics company.

Discover magazine sums up progress in personal genomics.

Population geneticists track Native American ancestral migrations.

A new paper looks at evidence for accelerated adaptive human evolution.

Thank goodness for the Gray Lady, which offers several interesting articles on genetic findings and a stem cell scientist.

Leave it to a bio blogger to come up with a new classification system for scientists.

In a ranking of the top 18 leaders of America, US News & World Report chose three scientists.

Craig Venter sits down for an interview with a San Diego newspaper and finally weighs in on being the field's best-known "maverick."

Bristol-Myers Squibb lays off 4300 and closes manufacturing plants.

Caltech's Seymour Benzer passed away.

It's a holiday gift for pundits: analysis of James Watson's genome shows significantly more African ancestry than is common among Europeans.


The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.