The Social Network

You can't fault social network ResearchGate for a lack of ambition.

Intended to help researchers better connect to one another, the startup aims to do nothing less than create "a complete total mindset change of all the scientists in the world," says co-founder Ijad Madisch.

As Forbes' Tomio Geron reports this week, it will now have $35 million worth of help to do so.

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In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.