• The Life Hacker

    He is a pioneer of genome sequencing, but Harvard University's George Church wants to do more than read DNA. He is changing the genetic code itself

  • Newsmakers

    This week's Newsmakers are volcanologist Donald Dingwell, who will become secretary general of the European Research Council, and cancer researcher Edison Liu, who will become the next president of the Jackson Laboratory.

  • A Denisovan Legacy in the Immune System?

    A study published online in Science this week suggests that mating between human ancestors and other now-extinct groups boosted the immune systems of early Europeans and Asians.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, FDA approved a gene-targeted melanoma drug, geologists hope to claim a piece of the Arctic for Canada, Dole Food Co. recently established a banana plantation in endangered elephant habitat, hints of the Higgs boson appear weaker, and the U.S. government issued new rules aimed at cracking down on financial conflicts of interest in biomedical research.

  • Random Samples

    Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are using a remotely operated vehicle outfitted with underwater 3D cameras to capture images of sunken ships previously located with side-scan sonar. The "Coalition of Financially Challenged Countries With Lots of Trees" suggests that wealthy Western nations reforest their land, which would help slow climate change and provide new habitat for displaced and endangered species such as bears and wolves. And this week's numbers quantify eukaryote species and the cost of unused H1N1 vaccines in Germany that are expired and being destroyed.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, nepotism is rampant in Italian academia, CERN has formed a five-member Cultural Board for the Arts, U.K. health and research institutions were urged to "stop muddling" on gene patent laws, and a new drug became the first scorpion venom treatment to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • The Plant Cell Wall–Decomposing Machinery Underlies the Functional Diversity of Forest Fungi

    Comparative genomic analysis of “dry rot” fungus shows both convergent evolution and divergence among fungal decomposers.

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