Deepak Singh has a post at bbgm alerting readers that open source tool Ruby on Rails and Merb will be merging. "Ruby and Ruby web frameworks are likely to be an increasingly visible part of the scientific software world in the coming years," Deepak writes.

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Cancer researcher Alan Rabson has died at 92, the New York Times reports.

As the National Guideline Clearinghouse goes dark, the ECRI Institute says it will pick up the slack.

In Genome Research this week: sequencing method examines proteins parasite uses to evade immune system, L1 insertions in cancer, and more.

The Atlantic reports on private Facebook support groups for people who receive unexpected parentage results from direct-to-consumer genetic tests.