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Jonathan Rothberg's "Methuselah Project" will look at the genomes of healthy centenarians to track the genetic basis for longevity.

China and Syngenta will bring GMO crops to drought-plagued markets.

"DNA, you’re in my heart/DNA, in fact you’re in every part of my body..."

A blogger helps explain PCR with the use of visual aids.

This Week in Science

Science this weeks reports on the sequencing of Aedes aegypti, reviving endogenous viruses, and synthetic biology.

In a piece from Scientific American, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss find points of disagreement despite their general consensus that science beats religion any day.

Jonathan Eisen uses his latest blog post to give out the "overselling genomics" award.

DuPont and Environmental Defense release the Nano Risk Framework.

Now that his genome is finished, James Watson is promoting routine sequencing to improve disease prevention and treatment.

This Week in Nature

Nature highlights DNA replication and repair, as well as monkey stem cells, mouse oncogenomes, and more.

Henry Wellcome's massive assortment of historical and medical accoutrements are now on display in the new Wellcome Collection museum.

A recently published paper reports on linking noninvasive imaging to gene expression analysis.

An article in today's New York Times investigates allegations from Amazon tribes who gave blood samples for the promise of medicine that instead their blood and DNA samples are being sold to scientists.

News stories say today's the day US President Bush will veto the bill that would have eased up on federal funding limitations for embryonic stem cell research.

One Linux distributor says there will be no deal with Microsoft anytime soon.

Fear not, RNA fans -- it's your molecule's turn to shine.

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.


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.

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.