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The Scan

A blogger ponders the public understanding of science currently and throughout history.

Researchers locate a barcode gene for plants.

Janet Stemwedel blogs about the transition from student scientist to "grown-up" scientist.

miRNAs can induce gene expression, researchers find.

The White House wants to increase FDA's funding and give it more authority.

A Nobel Laureate dies.

The Scientist revisits a 2005 paper that would have changed the rules of Mendelian inheritance.

PBS has a series on ancestry that makes use of DNA and historical records.

A blogger hopes "bursty work" can be applied to scientific research.

GSK and the MRC pool resources to focus on GWAS for depression and obesity.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has series on "How to Think About Science."

Diana Bianchi chronicles the rise of genetics.

A blogger wonders what words the genome encodes.

Hsien-Hsien Lei blogs about why she thinks someone would not want their DNA sequenced.

Science covers cell biology, shRNA, and more in this week's issue.

A new journal for creationist scientists publishes its first issue.

A blogger recounts his visit to the Wellcome Collection.

Researchers create two new artificial DNA base pairs.

Nature this week has GWAS, gold nanoparticles, cis-regulatory elements, and more.

An article stresses how little we know about the health effects of nanoparticles.

Drosophila melanogaster gets a new name.

Mark Gerstein and colleagues have a paper in Genome Biology on genetic nomenclature.

Genomic Graffiti

Watermarks in DNA won't last forever.

President Bush revisits the failed American Competitive Initiative in his State of the Union address.

Technology Review has an article about conference badges with infrared sensors that are helping scientists track and understand social interactions.


In a cartoon, Vox explores the lack of women among this year's winners of the Nobel Prize.

Science reports a new US defense bill would establish two groups aimed at combating foreign influence on research. 

Nature Biotechnology discusses promising early results from two clinical trials of CRISPR-based therapy for β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

In Cell this week: analysis of tissue clones, metagenomic studies of ocean water samples, and more.