In the weekly battle for my attention that is Nature versus Science, the latter wins for me this week:
- Physicists’ Nightmare Scenario: The Higgs and Nothing Else
Physicists are apparently terrified that their new multi-million dollar toy will generate the result that they want…
- Comparing Neanderthal and Human Genomes
Interesting debate on the Letters page on whether whole-genome analysis is hypothesis-driven science. “Of course it is!”, shout myself and Jonathan.
- CRISPR Provides Acquired Resistance Against Viruses in Prokaryotes
I have a fondness for CRISPRs. They are a type of repeat region, associated with specific genes (called cas genes) and occur widely in bacterial and archaeal genomes. I found some a couple of years ago in a genome that I used to work on. Since then I’ve noted several bioinformatic and microbiological studies of CRISPRs. It’s one of those times when you wonder if you discovered a hot topic and just missed the boat (or is that bandwagon).