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  • From Science's Online Daily News Site

    ScienceNOW reported this week that a genetic discovery promises to boost rice yields; animal reserves can be good for people, too; a way to measure the average body temperature of animals that lived millions of years ago; and a new estimate puts the number of arthropod species in the tropics at about 3.7 million, well below the 30 million once suggested; among other stories.

  • From the Science Policy Blog

    ScienceInsider has been providing dedicated team coverage of the Gulf oil spill, including a critical look at the much-ballyhooed risk that the Loop Current would drive the oil to Florida, among other stories.

  • Synthetic Genome Brings New Life to Bacterium

    In this week's Science Express, researchers describe the stepwise creation of a bacterial chromosome and the successful transfer of it into a bacterium, where it replaced the native DNA. Powered by the synthetic genome, that microbial cell began replicating and making a new set of proteins.

  • From the Science Policy Blog

    ScienceInsider reported this week that the first cancer vaccine will soon hit the market in the United States and the U.S. National Institutes of Health has approved four stem cell lines, among other stories.

  • Cloned Neandertals Still in the Realm of Sci-Fi

    Since the idea of sequencing the Neandertal genome became more than a glimmer in a paleogeneticist's eye, some have asked, "Could we, should we, would we, bring this extinct human species back to life?" But for both technical and ethical reasons, experts say, bringing back a Neandertal is a pipe dream.

  • Computer Kid Makes Good

    Everyone involved in the Neandertal sequencing project at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology stresses the teamwork involved in sequencing the Neandertal genome. And yet Richard "Ed" Green, the postdoctoral fellow in charge, still stands out.

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