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The Scan

Today's New York Times has an article about using genetic variants for more tailored prescriptions of antidepressants.

This op-ed piece warns that biomedical belt-tightening will also drive people away from careers in the field.

In this week's edition of Nature Genetics, there's work on breeding translocations, sequencing Leishmania, and genome-wide association studies.

Tech Review offers a story on metagenomics -- use it as a primer for your friends and family.

This Week in Science

Science covers HIV-AIDS denialists, the "one medicine" movement, the famed Drosophila, and more.

The blog Panda's Thumb points out that science news about ID doesn't put it into proper light.

Salinispora tropica, a marine bacterium that is hoped to provide anti-cancer drugs, has been sequenced.

Getting Codons Right

Scientists distinguish near-cognate and non-cognate codons.

This Week in Nature

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.


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.