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A Quick Primer

The Washington Post gives a quick genetics lesson.

A blogger summarizes papers on evolution genetics and genomics.

Wired reports on the outcome of iGEM.

A report says that Canadian students finish their PhDs faster than Americans.

Alex Palazzo blogs about what it would take for open access publishing to be viable.

Scientists say that poisonous mushrooms have a unique way of genetically encoding their toxins.

Finding the Right Fit

A blogger gives tips to finding a good mentor.

A blogger writes about bacteria and viruses.

Quantitative trait loci analysis finds a gene for schizophrenia.

The Global Text Project needs smart volunteers.

Sandra Porter discusses why professors don’t know anything about education research.

A blogger brainstorms quick ways to improve the writing in your papers.

A blogger does a statistical analysis of mRNA localization patterns.

Can't get enough about new personalized med companies? A blogger reviews 23andMe, Helix Health, and, of course, Navigenics.

A blogger gives pointers on DNA gel extraction.

An article from the New York Times delves into rising concerns about prejudice in "the DNA era."

This week's Science reports on ER stress, mTOR, a biomarker for neural progenitor cells, and more.

A blogger lists 20 Facebook applications for scientists.

A blogger wonders if flexible spending accounts will cover personal genetic tests.

A blogger talks about his experience as an undergraduate scientist.

Start 'Em Young

The Wellcome Trust sponsors a large-scale study on teenagers' attitudes toward genetics.

NOVA will broadcast a program about the Dover intelligent design court case.

This week's Nature has Drosophila, high resolution protein structure modeling, the NIH, and more.

VentureBeat's David Hamilton takes a closer look at Navigenics' product.

The dandruff-causing fungus's genome is sequenced.


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.