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Are small companies the next big thing for blockbuster drugs?

Scientist's Block

From the blogosphere: a computational biologist wants to know if everyone panics before writing a paper.

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports on cuts at an NCI-funded clinical trials consortium as a result of the fiscal '08 NIH budget.

Predicting Promoters

A paper in Nature Genetics' advance online section checks into regulatory regions in the genome and reports on a new way to find them.

Princeton has signed on as the latest institution to open its library to Google's book search.

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols posted a freely accessible guide to using GFP in plants.

The Omics! Omics! blog addresses a new synthetic biology paper from PNAS.

NHGRI's Francis Collins joined President Bush last week at an event to encourage prayer.

Let It Be Codified

A scientist calls for a code of ethics to govern life sciences.

The Nodal Point blog recommends a free scientific management book from HHMI.

A paper in today's Science describes DNA being damaged by ultraviolet light.

A Technology Review blog checks into whether personalized medicine is already here.

This Guardian article reports on British concerns that the nation won't stay competitive in science.

The Wellcome Trust has a new decorating team: neon meets science.

Zerhouni's 5 Percent

This WSJ article reports on a shift in funding policy at NIH.

In today's Nature: editorials, news, and papers galore.

The current PNAS offers open access to some relevant papers.

This month's PLoS Genetics serves up a smorgasbord of great papers.

George Church says he has high hopes for the promise of personal genomics.

Good genes and a healthy heart? Jose Ordovas on what nutrigenomics can tell us.

Dana-Farber announces a campaign to raise $1 billion that would, among other things, create a new cancer-patient care center in Boston.

A paper in the current Nanotechnology demonstrates using atomic force microscopy with single-molecule technology to track gene expression.

The Digital Bio blog rounds out its three-part "how to sequence a genome" series with a refresher on reads and chromats.

Show Us Your Fungus

A Netherlands-led team presents a genome sequence for Aspergillus niger.

Guaranteed to exacerbate the inferiority complex of our friends in plant research: a spending bill filed in US Congress that would drastically cut agricultural research funding.


A German shepherd called Nala has had her genome sequenced.

A coronavirus serology test garners Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration, but the Los Angeles Times asks: how will tests like that be used?

Certain gene variants in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle may keep brains young, according to New Scientist.

In Science this week: increased CD8 T cell density and increased IFN-gamma response may indicate metastatic prostate cancer patients who will respond to immune checkpoint blockade therapy.