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Taking on H5N1

A DNA-based vaccine for avian flu enters human trials, NIH says.

Today's issue of Science offers papers involving microRNAs and microfluidics, as well as a letter reflecting on a pattern in Nobel Prize awards.

This article from The Economist proves that for humans, like hot dogs, sometimes it's best not to know what's inside.

No Judgment Here

Nature's first issue of the new year doesn't disappoint.

Boise State researchers are seeking out DNA sequences that would be so threatening to life they actually don't exist in nature.

Retractions galore in the community, from the Taiwan team accused of image manipulation to the series of papers that featured incorrect data thanks to faulty software.

Mainstream media is picking up on the looming threat to the otherwise-promising personalized medicine: getting insurers to fork over the money.

NAR's Database Issue is out, and its editorial offers good practice advice for building a better repository.

The annual Darwin Awards release their winners for 2006. Their raison d'etre: "the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it."

All Eyes on Imaging

New imaging procedures published in CSH Protocols.

Discover magazine joins the publications taking a swing at the "best of 2006" lists with the top genetics stories as well as the top scientist of the year.

Bioinformaticists, rejoice: industry watchers are already spreading doubt about Microsoft's long-awaited Vista platform. How much do we love Linux? Let us count the ways.

Cold Case, CDC Style

A group within the US Centers for Disease Control tackles what others have deemed impossible, trying to elicit causes for unexplained deaths in cases that may be linked to pathogens or emerging infectious diseases.

Years after President Bush's stem cell decision, scientists are still struggling to comply with the rules while finding ways to advance their research.

An 'omics blogger gives a positive review to the Field Museum's Mendel exhibit.

Genetics and Health blogger prepares for the inevitable after the latest news out of Britain's National DNA Database.

In the superfamily tree, gibbons are among the more highly diverged species from humans. A PLoS Genetics paper says synteny breakpoints may well have been the fork in the road.

Tastes Like Chicken

The US FDA finds no difference between meat from regular livestock and cloned livestock, and proposed greenlighting sales of cloned products without special labeling for consumers.

RNA Rules, Dude

A blogger waxes poetic over the accomplishment of that less-celebrated nucleic acid.

A look back at the ups and downs of Human Genome Sciences' decade-and-a-half struggle to get a drug on the market.

Slashdot's abuzz with reaction to a Nobel laureate arguing against patents for therapeutics.

Waking up from a year-long nap? Nature ticks off the biggest scientific events of the last 12 months.

In a faux fur faux pas hip hop entrepreneur Sean 'P Diddy' Combs has been undone by mass spectrometry.

Modern neuroscience is eroding the idea of free will, says The Economist.

The first extensive investigation of Indian genetic diversity and population relationships samples 15 groups of India-born immigrants to the United States, genotyping each at 1,200 genetic markers genome-wide.

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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.