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Nature gets into GINA, science fiction, mirtrons and more in this week's issue.

A review from Richard Dawkins pans the latest book from intelligent design advocate Michael Behe.

In the latest New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson addresses what he sees as "our biotech future" -- a rosy place where biotech is as omnipresent and helpful as computers.

Biofilms Beware

Synthetic biologists conjure up viruses that can dissolve problematic biofilms.

In his blog, Steven Salzberg blames anti-science pols for flat spending on scientific research.

Elizabeth Blackburn, telomere specialist and rumored Nobel candidate, sits for a Q&A with the New York Times.

Judges take a refresher course on science and the law.

A blogger says genomic sequencing divides people into three camps based on how they view its effects on health insurance coverage.

An article from the Wall Street Journal checks into the disconnect between what science can prove and the strength of popular opinion -- in this case, about the cause of autism.

An article in the New York Times predicts major ramifications in biotech from recent findings that genes aren't as individually packaged and tidy as was once thought.

A podcast from Futures in Biotech features Drew Endy, Ed DeLong, Lee Hood, and John Bergeron.

Craig Venter publishes on swapping one bacterial genome for another; mainstream media jump into the fray.

A blogger muses on whether scientists are interested in open science.

Science reports on Africa, the 1% difference, and excising HIV from cells.

A study of feline DNA shows a lineage of domestic cats going back 10,000 years.

No Neandertal-European interbreeding, says the Genographic Project.

Blogger Paulo Nuin posts a Q&A with Jeremy Squire from the Ontario Cancer Institute.

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.


A proposed rule would deem graduate students at private institutions to not be employees, which ScienceInsider reports might affect unionization efforts.

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.