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A PLoS Genetics paper tackles the trend of genome shrinkage in the Rickettsia genus.

Itching to Sell

The New York Times reports on low sales for biotechs offering biologics for psoriasis.

Proteomic Profiling

A PNAS paper looks at profiling histone complexes in their native proteomes.

First, Get a Placenta

A biotech DIY blog offers practical tips on isolating stem cells.

A merger to create the Linux Foundation joins two standards and development organizations for the open-source platform.

A non-sperm specialist chats with the New York Times about his research and how his lab got its start with genomics.

Readers of the phds.org blog voice opinions on how they would fix the funding problem if they were in charge of NIH.

NYT remembers James Hillier, a physicist who died this week of a stroke at the age of 91.

A science blogging convention takes place in North Carolina.

A report from a biotech advocacy group says that last year marked a record planting of genetically engineered crops.

As the US Senate considers a bill to broaden federal funding for stem cell research, a leader from NIH reports that President Bush's restrictions on this research have impeded breakthroughs.

From 3 Quarks Daily, a thoughtful essay on open source, open access, and more.

In an international poll, the discovery of the structure of DNA didn't quite make the top of the list as the biggest medical breakthrough since 1840.

President Bush calls for a law to keep private genetic information.

February's National Geographic gives readers a glimpse into genome research and the life of Francis Collins.

A quick scan of some highlights in today's issue of Nature.

It's nominating season for the Ben Franklin open access award.

Affymax signs a new office lease representing a major expansion for the company.

Overheard at PAG

As seen in a Genome Technology notepad: a humor report from the Plant and Animal Genome meeting.

Proteomics may be complicated, but that didn't stop these scientists from adding quantum physics to the mix.

The Wall Street Journal reports on Pfizer's anticipated new strategy.

Genome Technology hosts its first seminar today. There's still time to submit your career-related questions for the experts.

Mass spec, meet the cosmos.

The science crew at the New York Times launches a blog of their own.

Proving that good buzzwords never die, BioMed Central launches BMC Systems Biology, an open-access journal covering research in this community.

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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.