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

Martin Evans, the humble Nobel laureate, has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

Drug development draws on anthropological techniques.

Steve Salzberg laments new evidence indicating that the real number of human genes is just 20,500.

Elizabeth Blackburn sits down for an interview with Discover magazine.

Science research looks at Bt toxins, mammalian Xic, and deubiquitinating enzymes.

Tech Review speaks with George Church.

Jason Bobe blogs on encouraging people's willingness to have their genomes sequenced.

'Tis the Season

Generosity might be in your genes, says a study from Hebrew University.

Snake Oil Genomics

The Economist warns consumers that some genetic testing services are less than reputable.

A commentary in the WSJ calls for an emphasis on scientific understanding among US presidential candidates.

For your morning dose of disappointment, here's a sobering look at the pharma industry from the Wall Street Journal.

SNPs and other genetic variation are linked to differing response to antipsychotic drugs in patients with mental illness.

Nature looks in on creative commons licenses for genome papers, German funding increases, type one diabetes, and more.

Fast, and Green, Too

A supercomputer is good to the environment.

An underfunded FDA puts consumers at risk, a report says.

Open science gains ground through Google Code.

Salon's take on Venter and the rise of the intellectual entrepreneur.

Tech Review covers a new database of organ-specific gene expression patterns linked to aging.

EMBL has a new phylogenetics visualization toy out on the Internet.

A blogger writes about research on sexually antagonistic genes.

A report says that toxins in the water are spurring genetic mutations among Indian people living in the Punjab.

From Wired, articles on California's stem cell agency and new findings from one of the teams that turned a skin cell into what looks like an embryonic stem cell.

Genetic advisors to the British government say genetic testing is "a dangerous waste of money."

Genomeboy attempts to clear up confusion about costs for sequencing genomes and exomes.


An Associated Press report says China refrained from releasing the SARS-CoV-2 genome for more than a week in January, frustrating the World Health Organization.

The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine have issued expressions of concern regarding the data used in two COVID-19 papers, the New York Times reports. 

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the mayfly, garnering insight into how insects evolved wings, Science reports.

In Genome Research this week: gene expression in primate brain regions, inversions and breakpoint inverted repeats in the human genome, and more.