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Former Millennium honchos start up a new venture fund.

A blogger wants Congress to refund the Office of Technology Assessment.

Stop Calling it Junk!

Geneticists find that "junk" DNA is actually evolving.

Science has starch genes, geek camp, and more in this week's issue.

Personalized medicine needs good genomic data to move the field forward.

GenomeBoy wonders how much genomic information about himself he can take.

Some publishers are distancing themselves from PRISM.

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley told Wall Street analysts it's time to get to know their genome.

The US Senate will soon consider requiring federally funded research to be made freely available within 12 months of publication.

The Edge Foundation's annual event hosted a small group of science rock stars.

Nature reports on NIH funding woes, neglected diseases, and DNA methylation.

VentureBeat ponders the fate of the US health insurance system in the era of personal genomics.

Made-to-order genes are a multi-million dollar field.

Google's health VP leaves.

Firefox extension CoScripter can be used for sharing, and automating, bioinformatic computations.

The new Mass Biotech Council leader may be just as "ethically challenged" as the previous one.

Reed Elsevier launches an experimental program to test free access to 100 of its journals.

This WSJ article says debate has arisen over an ad campaign for BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing that's targeted directly at consumers.

Three new science awards come with a $1 million prize. And now that we've got your attention...

More to-do with the British national DNA databank (and some welcome comic relief).

Jonathan Eisen recants a critical post and replaces it with this analysis of why the recent paper on bee colony collapse disorder is worth reading.

A blogger interviews one of the founders of the Personal Genetics Education Project, which aims to help people understand how genomics will fit into mainstream society.

Venter a Go Go

The maverick speaks. A lot.

Will biosimiliars devastate the biotechnology market?

Blogger Sandra Porter calculates the cost of sequencing a human genome.

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A new analysis suggests warming, not the arrival of humans, led to the extinction of the woolly rhinoceros thousands of years ago, the Economist reports.

Chinese health officials uncovered SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA on imported frozen food, but the New York Times reports catching COVID-19 that way would be unlikely.

The UK has ordered 60 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Novavax and 30 million doses from Janssen, according to the Guardian.

In Science this week: machine learning model predicts whether ion channel mutations will cause disease, and more.