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A postdoc from the University of Missouri is found to have altered photos in a paper that ran last year in Science.

It's official: DNA-based music has been patented. Next up: partnership with iTunes?

The Wall Street Journal profiles the 1,000-scientist-strong International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.

Science reports on drug development in China, spring-loaded DNA unwinding, gene expression noise, and more.

Blogger Rob Knop points out inconsistencies in the tenure process.

Clinical trials registries gain traction.

A blog post runs through arguments for and against peer review, noting that some fields are seeing declining review papers and growth in self-publishing online.

Diagnostics for TB haven't been improved upon in years, but this article from Wired says change is on the way.

Evolutionary biologists sequence the mitochondrial genome of the mastodon, an extinct ancestor of elephants.

Nature takes on the University of California, talks to "Roadmap czar" Alan Krensky of the NIH, and reports on childhood asthma.

A Stanford bioengineer has created a device to sequence a single bacterial cell's genome.

A blogger discusses the concept of "wrongful birth" -- a legal issue picking up steam as in utero genetic testing becomes more commonplace.

VCs are pouring record amounts of money into the life sciences industry this year, including biotech, medical devices, and healthcare.

A blogger continues her discussion of different careers in biotechnology.

It had to happen at some point: Jonathan Eisen reports that in the past week, the Bush administration has been good to biology.

Free At Last

After eight years, two trials, a death sentence, and much bargaining, the six medical workers held in Libya are free.

Missouri law protects stem cell research but does not fund it.

Scientists create mice that can resist and reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Epigenetics finally gets the limelight on the ScienceNow show on PBS.

Paper authors say Cyanidioschyzon merolae is the first completely sequenced eukaryote, but a blogger disagrees.

As medicine reaches a whole new stage thanks to genomics, medical ethics is facing a "2.0" version of its own, says the Personal Genome blog.

Genomic experts descend on NPR for a session on how DNA variation has been implicated in common diseases.

Esther Dyson explains her reasoning for joining George Church's Personal Genome Project and the rationale behind making her genome sequence and full medical records public.

IHT profiles Steven Nissen, the scientist who made a name for himself with his warnings about safety problems in drugs like Vioxx and Avandia.

Science reports on the National Plant Genome Initiative, Arabidopsis genetic variation, miRNAs, and more.


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.