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A New Place to Experiment

For $150 a month, anyone near Sunnyvale, Calif., can become a member of BioCurious, a community biotech research lab, writes Geek.com's Ray Walters. According to the lab's Web site, it is equipped with an autoclave as well as equipment for electrophoresis and PCR, and the lab offers classes. "For those who aspire to be bio-chemists and can't afford to build a lab of their own, a solution now exists to conduct research on the cheap," Walters writes, later adding that "BioCurious needs to be applauded for creating a space in which innovation can happen in a communal atmosphere. It is this kind of wide open experimentation and idea sharing that creates new and awesome innovation."

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.