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Readers of the phds.org blog voice opinions on how they would fix the funding problem if they were in charge of NIH.

NYT remembers James Hillier, a physicist who died this week of a stroke at the age of 91.

A science blogging convention takes place in North Carolina.

A report from a biotech advocacy group says that last year marked a record planting of genetically engineered crops.

As the US Senate considers a bill to broaden federal funding for stem cell research, a leader from NIH reports that President Bush's restrictions on this research have impeded breakthroughs.

From 3 Quarks Daily, a thoughtful essay on open source, open access, and more.

In an international poll, the discovery of the structure of DNA didn't quite make the top of the list as the biggest medical breakthrough since 1840.

President Bush calls for a law to keep private genetic information.

February's National Geographic gives readers a glimpse into genome research and the life of Francis Collins.

A quick scan of some highlights in today's issue of Nature.

It's nominating season for the Ben Franklin open access award.

Affymax signs a new office lease representing a major expansion for the company.

Overheard at PAG

As seen in a Genome Technology notepad: a humor report from the Plant and Animal Genome meeting.

Proteomics may be complicated, but that didn't stop these scientists from adding quantum physics to the mix.

The Wall Street Journal reports on Pfizer's anticipated new strategy.

Genome Technology hosts its first seminar today. There's still time to submit your career-related questions for the experts.

Mass spec, meet the cosmos.

The science crew at the New York Times launches a blog of their own.

Proving that good buzzwords never die, BioMed Central launches BMC Systems Biology, an open-access journal covering research in this community.

Nobel laureate Paul Nurse writes an opinion piece in the UK's Times to encourage people to let scientists explain a particular kind of stem cell research before banning it.

Berkeley, Calif., becomes the first city to regulate nanotechnology.

Can't get enough: Harvard announces a 50-year expansion plan, including a 500,000-square-foot science complex.

In this column from the RFID Journal, MIT engineer Stephen Miles updates readers on recent progress with the technology.

This week's issue of Science, boiled down for those who only have time to read during their coffee break.

Lack of Affinity

The Omics! Omics! blog weighs in on a grand-scale effort to generate affinity reagents for the human proteome.

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The US has sent its formal notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Science reports that a draft spending bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 13 percent.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Harvard and MIT are suing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE over the new international student visa policy.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: algorithm to determine molecular sequence types and other microbial features, computational method to uncover R-loop structures, and more.