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In today's NYT, John Tierney writes that we're almost certainly living in somebody else's virtual world.

Impact factors lead to unscrupulous researchers, says an editorial in Current Biology.

The first human trials for a DNA-based vaccine for multiple sclerosis have been declared a success.

A blogger argues that patents stifle research.

Intellectual property rights distract universities from their original purpose, says a blogger.

In the blogosphere: what does creative commons mean for you?

Thank heavens for those cis-regulatory regions, or you'd be a whole lot hairier, according to a new paper studying the differences between humans and chimps.

Satirical newspaper The Onion has an article on the usefulness of DNA testing.

This Week in Science

Science showcases glaucoma, label-free molecular detection, and a new systems biology book.

A blogger says that perhaps the fitness cost of antibiotic resistance to bacteria is the signal peptide.

Gene duplication seems to protect against deleterious mutations, researchers find.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on genetic discrimination, China's drug industry, histone methylation patterns, and more.

HHMI and JCB go head to head.

Wired ranks the "Best Dangerous Science Jobs."

A VentureBeat article says real personalized medicine won't be with us for a long time, but the early stages of the field took a tiny step forward with a new AIDS drug.

A new study finds a genetic variation linked to ADHD that also predicts which children will outgrow the disorder.

Keith Robison remembers the early days of restriction endonucleases.

Another cloning first: a fourth-generation cloned pig.

Personalized medicine? This article says so-called ethnic drugs don't treat based on true genetic variation among individuals.

Chris Mooney says preconceptions, not critical thinking, drives the Bush administration's stance on science.

A blogger asks for pictures of his readers' science-related tattoos.

Drug companies stand to gain by funding biomedical research.

A blogger links to a ballad on polony sequencing. Forgive us.

Jonathan Eisen blogs on why medical professionals should get more evolution education than most medical schools currently offer.

Scientists recovered 60-million-year-old microbes from an Antarctic glacier -- and woke them up.

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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.