David Bradley posts on Sciencebase about a question he put up on LinkedIn asking for opinions on how science might benefit from social media. The post is a nice roundup of the responses he got. People said web 2.0 tools make it easier to find collaborators, perform more mining of information, finding new internship opportunities, and more.

 

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DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.