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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.

Jonathan Eisen doles out his third "Overselling Genomics" award to Newsweek.

Microsoft's HealthVault takes security seriously, but what about patient privacy?

After Watson and Crick's publication, the real work began to prove the double helix structure, according to this blog post.

A Nature Methods paper eliminates the need for PCR in targeted sequencing.

Glaxo files suit against the US patent office in response to the new patent reform laws.

Newsweek has an article profiling "10 of the most esteemed biologists." Brace yourself for some serious swaggering.

Biogen Idec may be on the market, and Carl Icahn is already in talks to buy.

The recent science winners were European; are Americans slacking off?

Sequencing in China

Chinese researchers map a Chinese person's genome; plan to do the panda genome next.

Science has persistent itch, chlamydomonas, metagenomics, and more.

Roche CEO confident in bid.

Graduate students launch a site to evaluate published journal articles.

Keith Robison found a proposal to sequence three long-lived mammals' genomes.

This week's Nature has stem cells, gene duplication and evolution, and miRNAs.

It's Likelihood-Free

An article in PLoS Computational Biology describes a new computational way to look at biological networks.

MIT's OpenCourseWare project has nearly 2000 courses available online.

GTO went to Paradise and found, well, Craig Venter. A report from GME.


A study of families explores how children transmit SARS-CoV-2, according to the Associated Press.

US Agricultural Research Service scientists have sequenced the genome of the Asian giant hornet.

According to the Economist, pooled testing for COVID-19 could help alleviate strains on testing labs.

In Science this week: MIT researchers outline approach dubbed translatable components regression to predict treatment response among IBD patients.