Decoding the code code

A few weeks ago linkurl:I chided Nick Wade;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/24083/ (lovingly! I?m a huge fan, after all) for invoking the ?code? word when describing a study on nucleosome positioning. It surprised me when my post spurred some comments on the nature of the __Nature__ press office, and their proclivity for hyping, but ?not overhyping,? the research papers within. Wade can be forgiven. I didn?t realize how pervasive the word code had been in __Nature__ until I saw the di

Brendan Maher
Aug 20, 2006
A few weeks ago linkurl:I chided Nick Wade;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/24083/ (lovingly! I?m a huge fan, after all) for invoking the ?code? word when describing a study on nucleosome positioning. It surprised me when my post spurred some comments on the nature of the __Nature__ press office, and their proclivity for hyping, but ?not overhyping,? the research papers within. Wade can be forgiven. I didn?t realize how pervasive the word code had been in __Nature__ until I saw the disturbingly assonant headline on the cover of the issue. -- ?The Chromatin Code Decoded.? And in all fairness, __Nature__ and their press office deserve some slack. They?re trying to generate interest in and sell their magazine, and I?ll be happy when science magazines like __Nature__ linkurl:(62,000);http://npg.nature.com/media/nature/pdf/nature.pdf sport more subscribers than __Cosmopolitan__ linkurl:(940,000).;http://www.cosmomediakit.com/r5/showkiosk.asp?listing_id=360478&category_id=27808&category_code=circ Some of the skeptics of the linkurl:histone code hypothesis;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/23392/ have told me they get the sense that people love to use the...

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