Corrections and Clarifications

Science  01 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5731, pp. 56a
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5731.56a

News of the Week: “Extrasolar planets get smaller and (possibly) harder” by R. Irion (17 June, p. 1727). The article incorrectly stated that a new planet circling the star Gliese 876 has the shortest exoplanet “year” yet seen, at 1.94 days. The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) has found three distant planets with shorter orbital periods. The fastest known is 1.21 days.

Random Samples: “Cetacean culture?” (10 June, p. 1545). Michael Krützen was identified as being at the University of Zurich. However, he did the work while at the University of New South Wales.

News Focus: “Structural genomics, round 2” by R. F. Service (11 Mar., p. 1554). Jeremy Berg was not identified. He is the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH. The definition given for a protein being “unique” was incorrect. The rule is that a unique protein structure must have less than 30% of its gene's sequence identical to the genetic sequence of any protein of known structure. The proper abbreviation for the Northeast Structural Genomics Consortium is NESG. Finally, rather than determining the manner in which an enzyme binds salicylic acid, NESG researchers discovered the manner in which the enzyme cleaves methyl salicylitate to produce salicylic acid.

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