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  • From Farmyard to the Lab

    Chinese biologist Jianlin Han is attempting to breed better red jungle fowl to benefit the rural poor and gather a massive data set to understand the genetic underpinnings of the domestic chicken.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, a highly unpopular proposed merger between the celebrated British Antarctic Survey and the National Oceanography Centre has been halted, India's new science minister has taken a skeptical stance on genetically modified crops, Laos has given builders a green light to finish work on a controversial megadam on the Mekong River, and papers will no longer be considered for publication in BMJ unless authors agree to share raw clinical information.

  • Cancer Gene Data Casts Doubt on Popular Research Method

    Researchers argue that most work on Myc, a gene linked to aggressive cancers, needs to be reevaluated. They say that Myc's cancerous effects are actually much broader, and that a flawed experimental method may have thrown off previous research.

  • Healing Through Heredity

    Exploring the roots of medical genetics, Comfort illuminates neglected connections between eugenics and medicine during the first half of the 20th century.

  • Worries of a Genomic Futurist

    Believing that we will eventually reengineer the human species, Mehlman considers the implications of doing so and some of the mistakes we may make.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, NOAA wants to limit public access to fisheries data to protect confidential business information, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity has struck its first deal on how to pay for its goals, a scientific panel called for a 10-year moratorium on field trials of genetically modified crops in India, questions swirl around what critics call a rogue geoengineering experiment in international waters off the coast of British Columbia, the European Space Agency has signed off on a new mission to study extrasolar planets orbiting nearby bright stars, and two French agencies have each concluded that a rodent study linking ingestion of genetically modified corn to tumors is inconclusive.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, an Indian government advisory panel advocated wider acceptance of genetic engineering and biotechnology, a Japanese researcher's groundbreaking stem cell experiment has been questioned, a U.S. bioethics commission made recommendations for protecting patient privacy while allowing genome data to be used in research, a set of values and practices to promote responsible research conduct has been put forward, GlaxoSmithKline has announced a new policy for sharing clinical trial data, and a Texas cancer research agency has lost its peer reviewers.

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