DEADLINE APPROACHES » Need some extra cash for sequencing? You have until December 31st to submit a grant proposal to Applied Biosystems, which will award one first prize of 60GB or 750M tags of mappable sequence data as well as the primary analysis, and 10 second place prizes of 10 individual (2 slide runs) from the SOLiD™ 3 System, deemed the #1 innovation of the year (Top Innovations of 2008). For more information, visit:

DARWIN COLLEAGUE HONORED » 150 years ago this month, British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace wrote an essay describing some of his ideas on the origin of new species and survival of the fittest species—not all of which match those of his colleague, Charles Darwin (Better late than never). You can attend an international symposium honoring Wallace in Makassar, Indonesia, Dec. 10-13 (


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