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Goodbye, Mr. Wizard

A TV star encouraged children to do science.

The quest for what happened to Roanoke's "Lost Colony" in the 16th century is now turning to DNA for answers.

New studies indicate that Herceptin, the poster drug for tailored medicine, may actually help women who currently don't qualify for it under current testing practices.

An article from today's New York Times looks at the growing interest in tweaking dog genetics to make our best friends, well, a little bit better.

A recent report on genome-wide association studies in the UK sparks hope about the technology and better understanding of common diseases.

Sure, you're sick of hearing about Craig Venter. But will that stop you from wanting to find out about his attempt to patent a genome-building method, and the uproar it's caused?

Omics! Omics! blogs a short history of bioinformatic programming languages.

Research suggests that the formation of the first complex life systems followed Darwinian evolutionary principles.

Scientists say woolly mammoths were succumbing to genetic challenges all their own before humans came along.

Microsoft announced the latest in a series of deals granting "amnesty" to companies that otherwise might have been sued for using the IP-challenged Linux platform.

Today's Science focuses on ChIPSeq, PMAGE, and whole genome association studies.

A blog post from the Wired team says Craig Venter is competing with the HGP group again. Surprise.

Scientists find genetic markers linking suicidal thinking to antidepressants.

Wire stories report on the status of two bills in US Congress -- one on cloning, and one on federal funding of stem cell research.

Nature has a genome-wide bonanza, but also has medaka and stem cells

Sponges and Synapses?

Scientists find clues to the evolution of the human nervous system.

Open source or open notebook?

Two science policy analysts advocate including community participation in research.

A collaborative effort in London starts the search for a cure for AMD.

A humorous blog post presents the top 10 ways DNA technology will change your life.

A Gates Foundation grant will establish a new institute to track the impact of public health programs around the world.

Blogger Thomas Goetz has a funny sense of déjà vu about personalized medicine.

The press continues to digest Watson's genome sequence; these articles describe the potential of sequencing on a grand scale.

Mayo Clinic researchers use supercomputers to model infectious disease.

A blogger says we shouldn't ignore the value of haplotype data.

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The New York City Police Department will be removing DNA profiles from a local database if they are from people who were never convicted of a crime, the New York Times reports.

Science reports that accusations of sexual assault against a microbiome researcher has also led to questions about his academic certifications.

Wired reports that researchers are analyzing the DNA fish leave behind in water to study their populations.

In Science this week: comprehensive cellular map of the human thymus, evidence of admixture between the ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovan and a 'superarchaic' population.