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Shameless Self-Promotion… Encouraged

Bora Zivkovic at A Blog Around the Clock is calling all bloggers to submit posts for the Open Laboratory 2010, a compilation of to top 52 science blog posts of the year as voted by a panel of judges including Zivkovic. To be considered, each original submission must have been (or will be) published as a blog post between December 1, 2009 and December 1, 2010. Participants may nominate as many entries as they wish, and Zivkovic says "there is no shame in self-promotion," though he warns that "history also shows that the number of entries you submit has no relation to your chances of getting picked." Of the 52 selected for publication, one is typically an original cartoon or comic strip; another will be an original poem. The remaining 50 selections will be essay-style blog posts. The editor of this year's edition and the final submission deadline are yet to be announced.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.