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Nature's first issue of the new year doesn't disappoint.

Boise State researchers are seeking out DNA sequences that would be so threatening to life they actually don't exist in nature.

Retractions galore in the community, from the Taiwan team accused of image manipulation to the series of papers that featured incorrect data thanks to faulty software.

Mainstream media is picking up on the looming threat to the otherwise-promising personalized medicine: getting insurers to fork over the money.

NAR's Database Issue is out, and its editorial offers good practice advice for building a better repository.

The annual Darwin Awards release their winners for 2006. Their raison d'etre: "the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it."

All Eyes on Imaging

New imaging procedures published in CSH Protocols.

Discover magazine joins the publications taking a swing at the "best of 2006" lists with the top genetics stories as well as the top scientist of the year.

Bioinformaticists, rejoice: industry watchers are already spreading doubt about Microsoft's long-awaited Vista platform. How much do we love Linux? Let us count the ways.

Cold Case, CDC Style

A group within the US Centers for Disease Control tackles what others have deemed impossible, trying to elicit causes for unexplained deaths in cases that may be linked to pathogens or emerging infectious diseases.

Years after President Bush's stem cell decision, scientists are still struggling to comply with the rules while finding ways to advance their research.

An 'omics blogger gives a positive review to the Field Museum's Mendel exhibit.

Genetics and Health blogger prepares for the inevitable after the latest news out of Britain's National DNA Database.

In the superfamily tree, gibbons are among the more highly diverged species from humans. A PLoS Genetics paper says synteny breakpoints may well have been the fork in the road.

Tastes Like Chicken

The US FDA finds no difference between meat from regular livestock and cloned livestock, and proposed greenlighting sales of cloned products without special labeling for consumers.

RNA Rules, Dude

A blogger waxes poetic over the accomplishment of that less-celebrated nucleic acid.

A look back at the ups and downs of Human Genome Sciences' decade-and-a-half struggle to get a drug on the market.

Slashdot's abuzz with reaction to a Nobel laureate arguing against patents for therapeutics.

Waking up from a year-long nap? Nature ticks off the biggest scientific events of the last 12 months.

In a faux fur faux pas hip hop entrepreneur Sean 'P Diddy' Combs has been undone by mass spectrometry.

Modern neuroscience is eroding the idea of free will, says The Economist.

The first extensive investigation of Indian genetic diversity and population relationships samples 15 groups of India-born immigrants to the United States, genotyping each at 1,200 genetic markers genome-wide.

Analyze. Check results against database. Find out what it is. Sound familiar?

No holiday break for the flow of sad news from New Jersey's spectacularly mismanaged UMDNJ research hospital. Among the latest, a brand new $110 million cancer center sitting almost empty for lack of operating funds.

A computational biology blogger joins the ranks of the unemployed - but still finds time to ponder the genomics of organelles and endosymbionts.


GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.