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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.

Jonathan Eisen's latest blog post represents a broad disbelief over a new anti-open-access program.

Researchers use Multiple Sample Analysis to map concordant genomic abnormalities in cancer tumors.

Today in Science

Science highlights university rankings, the COMPETES Act, gender and genes, and more.

The Economist has an article on the likely effects of genomics on the health insurance and medical privacy landscape.

The Wellcome Trust hopes to spur the Sanger Institute with funds and a new leader.

From the front page of the Wall Street Journal, a profile of the DNA-hunting paleontologist Jack Horner.

The GINA bill is on hold in the US Senate.

WHO warns that infectious diseases are spreading faster than ever. Scientists, prepare yourselves.

Nature talks about tenured positions, RNAi, the CME pathway, and more.

Genome Boy'

One of the Personal Genome Project subjects starts his own blog and explains his motivation for participating.

Lab Meetings, Online

A blogger discusses how to make lab meetings virtual.

Analysis of patent applications reveals a potential "reverse brain drain."

A blogger talks about why biology papers need long author lists.

Scientists create genotype graphs to study evolutionary innovation.

A blogger learns that reprocessing chromatograms with phred actually degrades the analytical accuracy.

One blogger's predictions of 10 hot job markets in 2012 includes several fields near and dear to our hearts.


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.