Deepak Singh at bbgm has a post about a series of blog entries from Jamis Buck that he has found especially insightful. "The articles are about programming and development, but the tenets apply equally well to the sciences," Singh writes. Buck offers guidelines for making sure that you take your work to a level of "awesomeness," including: knowing available tools, languages, and libraries.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.