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  • The Little Wasp That Could

    The sequencing of the genome of a parasitoid wasp promises to bring wider recognition to these tiny, underappreciated insects that play a crucial role in natural ecosystems and in agriculture.

  • An Indefatigable Debate Over Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    The search for the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, which just months ago seemed to be gaining traction, now seems likely to descend into the same confusion and acrimony that characterized it for years, as a supposed viral link to CFS published just last autumn might be unraveling.

  • Human Genome Sequencing Using Unchained Base Reads on Self-Assembling DNA Nanoarrays

    A low-cost sequencing technique advances us closer to the goal of the $1000 human genome.

  • A Dark Tale Behind Two Retractions

    Two papers from a prominent chemistry lab were retracted from Science and the Journal of the American Chemical Society this fall because the results couldn't be replicated. The story behind the retractions involves an extortion attempt and a threat of suicide.

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