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Guaranteed to exacerbate the inferiority complex of our friends in plant research: a spending bill filed in US Congress that would drastically cut agricultural research funding.

J. Craig, who remains one initial away from being this field's leading first-name-only celebrity, hit the lecture circuit in Hawaii recently, where he talked about government sluggishness, renewable energy, and more.

An article from the New York Times this weekend outlines public concerns and business protests over gene patents.

A GE researcher's post in the company blog sheds light on their plans for a new sequencing platform.

A paper from Chemistry & Biology introduces a new method to identify function of orphan gene clusters.

The University of Washington has geared up its fundraising campaign to tremendous success, according to the Seattle Times.

Speedy Science

Science hits the stands. GTO delivers the express version.

Norway may not exactly be known as the trendsetter for research law, but reports say the country may lift its ban on research using embryonic stem cells.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

A scientist looking into signaling pathways and links to homosexuality in sheep finds himself at the center of a public outcry.

A WSJ article notes that prizes offered for advances in science and other fields and contributed greatly to innovation.

Nature in Brief

Your weekly guide to Nature.

JCM features a genomic study on bacteria that flourish in kids' mouths.

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 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.


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.