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The lab

Molecular biologists can now tell us who is related to whom in the chain of life
John Maddox  

Beautiful metaphors, bad science

Richard Dawkins-God's own atheist-has become an academic celebrity thanks to his vigorous defence of classical science. Andrew Brown reviews his recent work and argues that his DNA-determinism merely substitutes one God for another
Andrew Brown  

Gene trade

Patent laws were designed to protect actual inventions, not discoveries of natural phenomena. Patenting the human gene is challenging that rule. This is not in the public interest
John Maddox