Science  01 Jun 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5829, pp. 1267

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  1. Hunting for Genes ...

    1. Jocelyn Kaiser

    Canada has joined the growing lineup of countries setting up large databases in hopes of finding links among genes, the environment, and common diseases. Last week, the Canadian government and the province of Quebec agreed to spend 28.7 million over 3 years for CARTaGENE, a long-term health study that will begin by recruiting 20,000 Quebecans aged 40 to 69. Another 6 million will fund a consortium based at the University of Montreal helping CARTaGENE and other biobanks to harmonize their data.

  2. ... and Martian Ions

    1. Yidong Gong

    BEIJINGWith two successful crewed space flights under its belt and a moon mission on tap for later this year, China has announced plans for its first voyage to another planetwith Russia as its partner. In October 2009, Russia will launch a pair of probes to Mars and Phobos, one of two martian moons. The Russian half of the duet is a lander that will collect soil samples on Phobos and return them to Earth, while China is contributing a 110-kilogram satellite called Fluorescent Light One that will study the martian ionosphere. The work will accelerate the development of Chinese remote-control technology, says chief technical engineer Chen Changya of the Shanghai Institute of Satellite Engineering. Chen says that China and Russia have no plans to share mission data with other countries, apart from what is released in published papers. The Chinese mission budget is also under wraps.

  3. Strong Start for Physics

    1. Eli Kintisch

    House Democrats have trumped the White House in their support for physical sciences. Last week, a spending panel allocated 4.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science, a 16 boost over current levels and 116 million more than the White House request. I'm thrilled, says Michael Lubell of the American Physical Society.

    The appropriators were silent, however, on a new DOE entity modeled after the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that was proposed by the influential 2005 National Academies' Gathering Storm report as a way to sponsor creative, out-of-the-box energy studies. The House Science and Technology Committee has authorized 4.9 billion over 5 years for such an agency, but competing bills in the House and Senate on innovation and energy cast some doubt on the future of the entity, called ARPA-E.