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UCSD researchers are working to improve computer recognition capabilities for images.

Svante Pääbo's studies indicate that Neanderthals had the capacity for language.

Science reports on genetic ancestry tests, structural variants, histone demethylases, and more.

Genetic genealogy takes off.

Nature has personal genomics galore, positive selection in the human genome, and more.

Jim Watson gets his hands slapped for making racist comments.

Researchers create a protein map to predict the spread of cancer.

Jim Watson's in the news after saying Rosalind Franklin was probably autistic and that "black people [are] less intelligent than white people."

OK, this is not about genomics. But who doesn't want to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the emoticon?

A blogger offers advice on how to get the most out of the lab as an undergrad.

A blogger includes J. Craig on a list of six "badass scientists."

Now that Biogen's on the market, it's time for the pundits to analyze potential merger deals.

Keith Robison settles on C# as his new programming language of choice.

Genome sequencing might be too scary for the average non-geneticist consumer to handle.

A blogger discussions advances in protein structure assessments methods.

Voodoo Works. Really.

Steven Salzberg responds to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's request for more money and new centers.

Researchers discover more factors influencing type 2 diabetes.

Jonathan Eisen doles out his third "Overselling Genomics" award to Newsweek.

Microsoft's HealthVault takes security seriously, but what about patient privacy?

After Watson and Crick's publication, the real work began to prove the double helix structure, according to this blog post.

A Nature Methods paper eliminates the need for PCR in targeted sequencing.

Glaxo files suit against the US patent office in response to the new patent reform laws.

Newsweek has an article profiling "10 of the most esteemed biologists." Brace yourself for some serious swaggering.

Biogen Idec may be on the market, and Carl Icahn is already in talks to buy.

The recent science winners were European; are Americans slacking off?


The Guardian reports that visa costs could prevent scientists and others from coming to the UK.

The Trump Administration is reconsidering its plan to issue an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication, Times Higher Education reports.

Nature News says some preprint repositories may close down due to a lack of funds to cover costs.

In Nature this week: framework for analyzing cancer mutational signatures, treatment resistance in small cell lung cancer followed by increased intratumoral heterogeneity, and more.