07 May 2010
Vol 328, Issue 5979
  • Contents

    • This Week in Science

    • Editorial

    • Editors' Choice

    • Podcasts

      • Science Podcast

        The show includes The Neandertal genome, washing away past decisions, traces of our early solar system in Antarctica, and more.

    • Products & Materials

      • New Products

        A weekly roundup of information on newly offered instrumentation, apparatus, and laboratory materials of potential interest to researchers.

    • News of the Week

      • Three Historic Blowouts

        The decade from 1969 to 1979 witnessed three massive spills from offshore oil wells around the world. Science compares their size and impact.

      • Peering Over a Cliff at the Poststimulus World

        When last year's 2-year stimulus grants run out in 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) could end up with the lowest grant funding rates in its history. Last week, in his first budget defense as NIH director before a House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee, Francis Collins was asked about the poststimulus problem.

      • From Science's Online Daily News Site

        ScienceNOW reported this week that the bald eagle comeback could come at the expense of other species, mammoth hemoglobin has been resurrected, the New Madrid quakes may not have been so colossal, and island reptiles are not speciating, among other stories.

      • Report Seeks Expansion in a Time of Belt-Tightening

        A new report that urges the U.S. government to spend billions more on graduate education while scolding universities for not doing enough to attract and mentor the students who would earn those degrees flies in the face of current fiscal realities.

      • 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.

    • Random Samples

    • News Focus

      • 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.

      • Unraveling a Riddle in Plain Sight

        Amateur archaeologist Frédérique Darragon has spent 12 years documenting hundreds of mysterious towers in Southwest China—and winning over skeptical academics.

    • Letters

      • Climate Change and the Integrity of Science

    • Books et al.

    • Policy Forum

    • Perspectives

    • Review

    • Brevia

    • Research Article

      • A Draft Sequence of the Neandertal Genome

        Gene flow has occurred from Neandertals to humans of Eurasian descent, but not to Africans.

    • Reports

About The Cover

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COVER Three Neandertal bone fragments, approximately 40,000 years old, from Vindija Cave, Croatia (shown to scale). DNA extracted from these bones was used to generate a draft sequence of the Neandertal genome, which was then compared to the genomes of five present-day humans. See page 710 and Photo: Christine Verna/Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology