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Craig Venter is selling synthetic biology to the crowd that never even liked GMO.

US Congress asks NCI to investigate researchers for conflict of interest.

AIDS researchers team up with anti-spam technology to figure out how to predict and guard against rapid mutations in HIV.

A British editorial decries synthetic biology.

Shockingly, here's a post by Jonathan Eisen advocating open access.

Matt Ridley, science writer and author of several genomics books, is at the center of a bank scandal in the UK.

A blogger fantasizes about the future of personalized genomics.

Even Cold Spring Harbor can't take it anymore: Watson's suspended.

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.

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The founder of MeTooSTEM, BethAnn McLaughlin, created a Twitter account purported to be that of an LGBTQ Native American professor at Arizona State University, the New York Times writes.

Novavax reports its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to immune responses, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gene length is associated with lifespan in a comparative genomics study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that draws on the whale shark genome.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: effort to annotate the rat transcriptome, web-based resource to characterize marine microbes, and more.