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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.

J. Craig, who remains one initial away from being this field's leading first-name-only celebrity, hit the lecture circuit in Hawaii recently, where he talked about government sluggishness, renewable energy, and more.

An article from the New York Times this weekend outlines public concerns and business protests over gene patents.

A GE researcher's post in the company blog sheds light on their plans for a new sequencing platform.

A paper from Chemistry & Biology introduces a new method to identify function of orphan gene clusters.

The University of Washington has geared up its fundraising campaign to tremendous success, according to the Seattle Times.

Speedy Science

Science hits the stands. GTO delivers the express version.

Norway may not exactly be known as the trendsetter for research law, but reports say the country may lift its ban on research using embryonic stem cells.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

A scientist looking into signaling pathways and links to homosexuality in sheep finds himself at the center of a public outcry.

A WSJ article notes that prizes offered for advances in science and other fields and contributed greatly to innovation.

Nature in Brief

Your weekly guide to Nature.

JCM features a genomic study on bacteria that flourish in kids' mouths.

A PLoS Genetics paper tackles the trend of genome shrinkage in the Rickettsia genus.

Itching to Sell

The New York Times reports on low sales for biotechs offering biologics for psoriasis.


The Lancet has made changes to its peer-review process in response to its recent retraction of a COVID-19-related paper, Science reports.

The New York Times reports that a series of emails show how Department of Health and Human Services officials sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new initiative aims to move Australia's genome sequencing labs onto one system, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PLOS this week: recessive mutation tied to early-onset dilated cardiomyopathy, epigenetic analysis of lung adenocarcinoma, and more.