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Scientists are using genetic technology to produce trees that could be better sources of biofuel.

Sandra Porter has a much-needed post on quality scores in DNA sequencing as her response to the onslaught of personal genomics companies.

John Tierney at the New York Times says that a group's reaction to concepts such as human cloning are largely linked to religious views.

Biotech firm Celgene acquires Pharmion for $2.9 billion.

A blogger writes about VEGF and predicting drug doses.

Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch dies.

Dolly's creator changes tactics.

In the mother of all Daily Scan posts, GTO rounds up the flurry of personal genomics blogs, videos, and articles.

Neuroscientists create neural maps.

Researchers find that endogenous retroviruses play a role in the transcriptional network of p53.

Minnesota's newborn genetic screening tests are debated.

A British TV show offends geneticists.

Science takes on robotics, Merck's failed HIV vaccine, monoallelic expression, and more.

Decode Genetics announces deCODEme, a new genome testing service.

Nature this week tackles climate change, stem cells, G-protein-coupled receptors, and more.

Nathan Myhrvold’s firm is expanding its reach.

Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates starts his own company.

Teachers whose students are joining the Genographic Project might have some delicate questions to answer.

A Quick Primer

The Washington Post gives a quick genetics lesson.

A blogger summarizes papers on evolution genetics and genomics.

Wired reports on the outcome of iGEM.

A report says that Canadian students finish their PhDs faster than Americans.

Alex Palazzo blogs about what it would take for open access publishing to be viable.

Scientists say that poisonous mushrooms have a unique way of genetically encoding their toxins.

Finding the Right Fit

A blogger gives tips to finding a good mentor.


A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.

A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.