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What’s on the web? (9 October 2007)

  • Grand rounds, the weekly best of the medical blogosphere is up at Nurse Ratched’s Place with a military edition.
  • Phoebe was born with Cystic Fibrosis and Down syndrome. Please support the March of Dimes! It’s mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Venter has been very successful at framing his science in ways that grab headlines, generate public interest, and seem self-evidently of central historical importance (whatever the later historical verdict). I haven’t decided whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. He’s certainly earning his place in history, one headline and Discovery channel documentary at a time.

  • DNA Decoding Maps Mainstream Future (WSJ): Keith J. Winstein’s article about the 1000$ genome. Actually, Helicos BioSciences can sequence a genome in 6-7 weeks for about 100,000$!


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