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MS vs PhD

Blogger Derek Lowe talks about the pros and cons of getting that doctorate.

An opinion piece from the Washington Post discusses "over-diagnosis" and why the best test for cancer won't actually find all of it.

Pope Benedict XVI gave a talk on science, faith, and evolution.

US President Bush says he will veto a Congressional bill to lift restrictions on funding for stem cell research.

This Week in Science

From today's Science, what to read on your coffee break.

This Week in Nature

The weekly round-up of what not to miss in Nature.

Researchers identified genes that may help cancer cells avoid chemotherapy.

Modeling in Genomics

Model organisms don’t just give insight into people.

Editor at Science provides tips on getting published.

Tips from The Scientist on how to choose your RNAi library.

Blogging can mean more papers, and more people to talk to at that upcoming conference.

Stem cells may treat type I diabetes.

Companies are tapping a new source of funding for clinical trials focused on rare diseases: patients.

A paper in PLoS Genetics checks into longevity and the genes linked to life span.

A New York Times article elucidates the genetic forces that shape human attraction and sexual behavior.

In the Wall Street Journal, Genentech's on the rise while Amgen's facing struggles.

The author of a new book about Einstein contends that the scientist's zeal for imagination should be a component of scientific and mathematical programs today.

Tangent alert! Physicists say they've figured out how to build a tool that will make things invisible.

A project to catalog every species on Earth reaches a milestone with its millionth entry.

This Week in Science

Here are the relevant reads in today's Science.

Good Luck, Claire!

Claire Fraser-Liggett is heading to greener pastures at the University of Maryland, where she'll head up a new genomics institute.

A video purportedly from Illumina features breakdancing microarrays. You won't learn anything, but it's darn funny.

The new issue of Cold Spring Harbor Protocols has a couple of methods for detecting and tagging proteins.

This Week in Nature

GTO scans today's issue of Nature.

A New York Times article checks into the latest census, finding that tech-driven cities have largely recovered from their population loss of the last several years.


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.

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.