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Getting Codons Right

Scientists distinguish near-cognate and non-cognate codons.

Today's Nature reports on the ENCODE findings, miRNAs, and Gigantoraptor, among others.

A USA Today/Gallup poll says two-thirds of Americans believe in creationism.

What's Up, Microsoft?

Microsoft releases computational biology tools.

The Way It Should Be

A blogger relates a story of how errors in science are supposed to be fixed.

To get around the problems of extracting embryonic stem cells from human embryos, Ian Wilmut suggests using animal eggs.

Creationists take a closer look at "junk" DNA, concluding that it, too, was created by an intelligent designer.

Yale researchers fine tune copy number variant mapping.

Goodbye, Mr. Wizard

A TV star encouraged children to do science.

The quest for what happened to Roanoke's "Lost Colony" in the 16th century is now turning to DNA for answers.

New studies indicate that Herceptin, the poster drug for tailored medicine, may actually help women who currently don't qualify for it under current testing practices.

An article from today's New York Times looks at the growing interest in tweaking dog genetics to make our best friends, well, a little bit better.

A recent report on genome-wide association studies in the UK sparks hope about the technology and better understanding of common diseases.

Sure, you're sick of hearing about Craig Venter. But will that stop you from wanting to find out about his attempt to patent a genome-building method, and the uproar it's caused?

Omics! Omics! blogs a short history of bioinformatic programming languages.

Research suggests that the formation of the first complex life systems followed Darwinian evolutionary principles.

Scientists say woolly mammoths were succumbing to genetic challenges all their own before humans came along.

Microsoft announced the latest in a series of deals granting "amnesty" to companies that otherwise might have been sued for using the IP-challenged Linux platform.

Today's Science focuses on ChIPSeq, PMAGE, and whole genome association studies.

A blog post from the Wired team says Craig Venter is competing with the HGP group again. Surprise.

Scientists find genetic markers linking suicidal thinking to antidepressants.

Wire stories report on the status of two bills in US Congress -- one on cloning, and one on federal funding of stem cell research.

Nature has a genome-wide bonanza, but also has medaka and stem cells

Sponges and Synapses?

Scientists find clues to the evolution of the human nervous system.

Open source or open notebook?

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Public health experts call for a transparent COVID-19 vaccine approval process in a letter; the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assures science-based approval.

The Verge reports that new gene-naming guidelines aim in part to avoid Excel-related name change confusion.

In Nature this week: tuatara genome sequence aids in understanding amniote evolution, and more.

According to the Guardian, UK virologists say in a letter to officials that their expertise has been pushed aside in COVID-19 response plans.