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A phylogeographical study shows roots of modern man in Africa.

Nature's weekly dose of science includes the struggle of medium-sized academic departments, synthetic biology, and a genome-wide association study of breast cancer.

A report says Google may be considering an initiative in the healthcare arena; meanwhile, the search engine giant adds support for Linux.

A new model to determine signaling pathways.

At Omics! Omics!, a post on Roche's acquisition spree.

Bishops in Britain legislate to save chimera embryos by allowing women to carry them to term.

Hwang Woo-Suk is back in the lab.

Researchers say they can reconstruct a sequence for the Neandertal genome.

Today's New York Times includes an essay on the possibilities for storing information in DNA.

It's evolution jackpot in the New York Times today, with a science section brimming with articles on DNA, Darwin, and evo-devo.

An article in Slate talks about the ethical implications of humanizing animals for scientific research.

Scientists have found a way to create a line of human embryonic stem cells without destroying the embryo.

Argonne and Stanford team up to build an extra-bright X-ray free electron laser.

Jonathan Rothberg's "Methuselah Project" will look at the genomes of healthy centenarians to track the genetic basis for longevity.

China and Syngenta will bring GMO crops to drought-plagued markets.

"DNA, you’re in my heart/DNA, in fact you’re in every part of my body..."

A blogger helps explain PCR with the use of visual aids.

Science this weeks reports on the sequencing of Aedes aegypti, reviving endogenous viruses, and synthetic biology.

In a piece from Scientific American, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss find points of disagreement despite their general consensus that science beats religion any day.

Jonathan Eisen uses his latest blog post to give out the "overselling genomics" award.

DuPont and Environmental Defense release the Nano Risk Framework.

Now that his genome is finished, James Watson is promoting routine sequencing to improve disease prevention and treatment.

Nature highlights DNA replication and repair, as well as monkey stem cells, mouse oncogenomes, and more.

Henry Wellcome's massive assortment of historical and medical accoutrements are now on display in the new Wellcome Collection museum.

A recently published paper reports on linking noninvasive imaging to gene expression analysis.


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.