Google has announced 150 accepted mentoring organizations for its 2009 Google Summer of Code. During this three-month program, students, who receive stipends from Google, are paired with mentors to write code for open source software projects. The list of mentors includes Bell Lab's Plan 9, MySQL, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, NEScent, Open MRS, and Scilab.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.