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Blogger Sandra Porter gives a shout out to the helpful core lab folks at ABRF.

Two members of a law firm post on the difficulties facing small biotechs in the current patent environment.

DNA Banking Bazaar

A couple of bloggers take on issues with DNA banking.

Steven Salzberg says the journal Nature should not cover religion.

Next time you're in the UK, think twice before you surf a wireless network.

GMO isn't the only way to tweak plants; radiation breeding has widespread worldwide use.

T. Ryan Gregory uses a blog post to clear up what he says are misconceptions about advisors encouraging their grad students to publish.

A news article says that the use of animals in research at universities is on the rise, while industry has been able to cut back.

A news article profiles a biotech-for-kiddies program run by Bayer.

At last, a video for at-home DNA extraction. Phew.

Jonathan Eisen's latest blog post represents a broad disbelief over a new anti-open-access program.

Researchers use Multiple Sample Analysis to map concordant genomic abnormalities in cancer tumors.

Today in Science

Science highlights university rankings, the COMPETES Act, gender and genes, and more.

The Economist has an article on the likely effects of genomics on the health insurance and medical privacy landscape.

The Wellcome Trust hopes to spur the Sanger Institute with funds and a new leader.

From the front page of the Wall Street Journal, a profile of the DNA-hunting paleontologist Jack Horner.

The GINA bill is on hold in the US Senate.

WHO warns that infectious diseases are spreading faster than ever. Scientists, prepare yourselves.

This Week in Nature

Nature talks about tenured positions, RNAi, the CME pathway, and more.

One of the Personal Genome Project subjects starts his own blog and explains his motivation for participating.

Lab Meetings, Online

A blogger discusses how to make lab meetings virtual.

Analysis of patent applications reveals a potential "reverse brain drain."

A blogger talks about why biology papers need long author lists.

Scientists create genotype graphs to study evolutionary innovation.

A blogger learns that reprocessing chromatograms with phred actually degrades the analytical accuracy.


A new analysis by Northwestern University researchers finds that female and male first-time PIs receive differing amounts of funding.

Some 43 percent of new mothers and 23 percent of new fathers leave full-time employment in STEM in the years after having a child, Science Careers says.

STEM professors' views on intelligence affect students' success, a new study finds.

Mental health issues are more likely to affect graduate students than other Americans, Scientific American reports.