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It's Friday again, so what do you say we hit the feed reader and see what's goin' on Around the Blogs…
We Are Science
There is no "Science." There is no "Academia." These things do not exist as coherent entities, any more than "The Market" does.
Linkage and the Antibiotic Resistance Problem
New data show that antibiotic resistance genes travel together, at least in E. coli isolated from farms.
Science Writers Need Science History
…science writers need to recall some history. [...] In other words, scientists already knew fifty years ago that some segments of DNA that did not encode proteins were useful.
[But be sure to check out SciPhu's counterpoint for this specific instance.]
Altruism in Bacteria? Allowing Yourself to Die for the Good of the Species
A recent study by Ackermann, et al in last month's Nature, shows a form of altruistic behavior being practiced by Salmonella typhimurium.
Marketing Science in the Public Square
Just this week, the Washington Post's Monday science "page" was reduced to a 1/2-page feature article, plus a 1/2-page ad. This science feature article will appear only every second week.
David Goldstein on the failures of genome-wide association studies
In the New York Times yesterday, Nick Wade profiles highly-regarded geneticist David Goldstein of Duke University, who provides the most sober assessment I have yet seen in the mainstream press about the outcomes of the genome-wide association study frenzy: