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Science has Sydney Brenner, cell signaling, and DNA duplexes.

From VentureBeat, an article on an alternative revenue source for 23andMe: pharmas interested in mining their data.

Nature has papers on termite metagenomics and primate cloning, as well as news on Germany's first national academy of science.

FASEB is asking scientists to support their YouTube videos to make sure that research-related questions are chosen as part of a US presidential debate.

A blogger says the fear of appearing racist may stifle good science into genetic differences based on people's ethnic and geographic background.

A blogger comments on Gene Logic and drug repositioning.

Steven Salzberg posts on news that scientists have been able to create human embryonic stem cells from skin cells.

Scientists are using genetic technology to produce trees that could be better sources of biofuel.

Sandra Porter has a much-needed post on quality scores in DNA sequencing as her response to the onslaught of personal genomics companies.

John Tierney at the New York Times says that a group's reaction to concepts such as human cloning are largely linked to religious views.

Biotech firm Celgene acquires Pharmion for $2.9 billion.

A blogger writes about VEGF and predicting drug doses.

Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch dies.

Dolly's creator changes tactics.

In the mother of all Daily Scan posts, GTO rounds up the flurry of personal genomics blogs, videos, and articles.

Neuroscientists create neural maps.

Researchers find that endogenous retroviruses play a role in the transcriptional network of p53.

Minnesota's newborn genetic screening tests are debated.

A British TV show offends geneticists.

Science takes on robotics, Merck's failed HIV vaccine, monoallelic expression, and more.

Decode Genetics announces deCODEme, a new genome testing service.

Nature this week tackles climate change, stem cells, G-protein-coupled receptors, and more.

Nathan Myhrvold’s firm is expanding its reach.

Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates starts his own company.

Teachers whose students are joining the Genographic Project might have some delicate questions to answer.


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.