Here’s what I’ve been reading around the blogs this week…

The Seven Stones blog had an insightful article contrasting the rise of human genetics with James Watson’s sad fall from grace. The article highlights some recent ground-breaking articles in human genetics.

Over at Gene expression Jason Malloy put forward an alternative viewpoint of the Watson furore, examining in great detail Watson’s right to put forward the scientific argument that all races do not necessarily have equal intelligence.

GMO Africa bemoaned the anti-GMO lobby’s tendency to ignore all evidence in favor of GMO’s.

Alan Cann at Microbiology Bytes focused on this weeks PNAS publication tracing the emergence of HIV/AIDS in the Americas.

At the Microarray Blog, Albin Paul highlighted a new, free online laboratory management (LIMS) system at

A fun and informative DNA analysis of 5 people who helped create America was posted by Blane Bettinger at the Genetic Genologist

Bertalan Mesko at ScienceRoll laid out Nature‘s leading role in Web 2.0 for Science and Medicine.

At Omics! Omics!, Keith Robison commented on the elucidation of the crystal structure of the beta-2-adrenergic receptor – only the second GPCR to have it’s structure solved so far.

In “Is science really Broken?“, Bayblab provided an examination of how today’s funding structure may be stifling innovation in science.

..and on a related note, Michael White from Adaptive Complexity bemoans the corporate values overtaking the non-profit ideals of our universities.