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Eisen is at it again -- this time recognizing scientists who (without proper evidence) provide adaptationist arguments for any number of unexpected genomic observations.

In a weirdly timed press conference, scientists will discuss the genome of J. Craig Venter, to be published in PLoS Biology tomorrow.

Federal comparative drug studies will be misleading, says Scott Gottlieb.

A new database rounds up useful biological numbers.

Jonathan Eisen takes on PRISM and much of the US's publishers.

A survey from the Pew Research Center says that the public tends to have high regard for science, but when it clashes with faith-based beliefs, faith wins.

This Week in Science

Science this week tackles genome transfers, data storage, miRNAs in Parkinson's, and more.

After a paper criticized universities for increased use of animals in research, this blogger reminds readers that advancing human health depends on animal trials.

The Wall Street Journal has an article on the rise of social networking in professional circles.

A blogger looks to move beyond proteins in small molecule therapeutics.

A new red fluorescent protein enables live cell imaging in deep tissue.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on GINA and the military, the flexibility of the genetic code, lab mice haplotypes, and more.

Researchers look at the genetic evolution of the MHC in the duck-billed platypus.

The PISD Coalition website cleverly spoofs the anti-open-access PRISM effort.

A blogger waxes philosophical about being a scientist.

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.


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

Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.

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