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A "rather desperate" blogger says Flickr is a good Web resource model.

He's in PLoS Biology! He's in the Wall Street Journal! Even by first-name-only-person standards, it's a pretty good day.

Studies of the DNA lineages of common human parasites give evidence for ancestral human migration patterns.

E.O. Wilson was one of three honorees, and a recipient of $100,000, at the Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference.

Wikipedia may launch plan to start checking credentials after one of its high-ranking contributors turned out to be a fraud.

Starry-Eyed CEO

The CEO of Eli Lilly takes on the perception that the biomedical field might not deliver.

A local Florida paper tackles the topic of gene patents.

Bloggers mull the pros and cons of tenure.

The Tanning Gene

A tumor-suppressor gene helps people with their suntans.

GTO scans today's issue of Science.

Neuroscience Rocks

This article profiles a group of neuroscientists who formed a rock band in New York City.

A Gaggle of GPCRs

New findings reveal eight novel GPCR peptide ligands.

GTO scans today's edition of Nature.

Ever wondered about the difference between head lice and other kinds of lice? Neither did we, but this article reports on recent findings of a lice comparison DNA analysis.

A paper in PLoS Computational Biology checks into gene duplication and alternative splicing.

High achieving tendencies lose to evolution's indifference.

A column in the latest Newsweek tracks why people think the patent process is "broken" and what's being done about it.

Winemaker Ernest Gallo, whose philanthropy started a neuroscience center at the University of California, San Francisco, died yesterday.

The British government is taking back 68 million pounds earmarked for research programs to cover the costs of nuclear and auto problems.

A new pilot project at the US Patent and Trademark Office gives a Wiki-style venue for the public to comment on innovations.

Improvements in DNA analysis technology are getting people downright comfortable with things like paternity testing.

The Bad Seed

A certain kind of rice seed, not developed as a genetically modified organism, has shown up in tests as containing unapproved genetic material.

Comedy show the Colbert Report had Craig Venter as a guest.

This month's issue of The Scientist included results of its survey on best places to work, as ranked by postdocs.

An article from the New York Times weekend magazine looks into how evolutionary biologists are studying the origins of religion.


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.