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Science  02 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5816, pp. 1220c-1221c
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5816.1220c

News of the Week: “New Swiss influenza database to test promises of access” by M. Enserink (16 Feb., p. 923). Amos Bairoch is not the director of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), as the article stated, but director of the Swiss-Prot group at SIB, as well as director of the Structural Biology and Bioinformatics department of the University of Geneva. The SIB's director is Ernest Feytmans.

Special Section: Sustainability and Energy: News: “Catalyzing the emergence of a practical biorefinery” by A. Cho (9 Feb., p. 795). The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is in Richland, Washington, not Hanford.

News Focus: “Judging Jerusalem” by A. Lawler (2 Feb., p. 588). Dr. Eilat Mazar is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center, an academic research institute in Jerusalem. She heads its archaeology institute, which sponsored the dig in the City of David.

Reports: “Highly siderophile element constraints on accretion and differentiation of the Earth-Moon system” by J. M. D. Day et al. (12 Jan., p. 217). In the first sentence of the second full paragraph on page 218, LaPaz, Bolivia, was incorrectly named as the location of meteoritic samples. The corrected sentence should read, “We report precise Os-isotope- and HSE-abundance data (table S1) for five basalts from the Apollo 15 mission, six from Apollo 17, and six lunar basalts of meteoritic origin from LaPaz Icefield, Antarctica, that were obtained by using an ultra-low-blank, isotope-dilution digestion technique (12).”

This Week in Science: “Rubidium-rich stars” (15 Dec. 2006, p. 1653). Both instances of “87Ru” should have read “87Rb.” Rb is the symbol for the element rubidium.

News Focus: “Getting a read on Rett syndrome” by G. Miller (8 Dec. 2006, p. 1536). Due to an editorial error, the article implied that a genetic manipulation that restored Mecp2 gene expression in mice could potentially be used to treat people with the disorder. This manipulation was only possible because of the way the gene was initially turned off in the mice. It could not be used to undo the mutations that cause Rett syndrome in humans.

Perspectives: “Breaking the H2 marriage and reuniting the couple” by G. J. Kubas (17 Nov. 2006, p. 1096). In line 8 of the first paragraph, “1010 tons of ammonia fertilizer” should instead read “108 tons of ammonia fertilizer.”

Brevia: “The 160-kilobase genome of the bacterial endosymbiont Carsonella” by A. Nakabachi et al. (13 Oct. 2006, p. 267). The last sentence of the second paragraph is incorrect. It should read, “The genome size, which was further confirmed by long-range electrophoresis, is only about one-third that of the archaeal parasite Nanoarchaeum equitans (which is 491 kb) (3) and that of a Buchnera strain (which has the second smallest bacterial genome, at 422.4 kb) (4).” The current reference (4) should be replaced by the following reference: V. Pérez-Brocal et al., Science 314, 312 (2006).

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