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Following the Crowd (Science)

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Jeffery Young says crowd science is taking hold in several scientific disciplines as researchers pool their resources and collaborate to make sense of their data and discoveries. When it comes to bioscience, Young says, researchers are finding that decoding entire genomes means a shift in the culture that previously dictated that data was never to be shared. For example, researchers are now using wikis to create "a genetic road map," like GenMAPP, Young says. Researchers hesitated to participate, at first, because they had no incentive to add their data to the pile. But in 2007, the GenMAPP developers added certain features allowing researcher to keep data private until it was published in a journal, and made adding data to the wiki easier and less time consuming, Young adds, which pushed participation rates up. "More researchers — and even some pharmaceutical companies — are realizing that genetic information is truly useful only when aggregated," Young says.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.