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The Scan

DNA finds utility as an odor detector.

A blogger looks toward the future of open science and open access publishing.

A biostatistician argues that cancer data should be freely shared to speed progress toward better treatment.

Thanks to mice, researchers find evidence for the evolution of the bat wing.

Bloggers wonder if there is a bias against women in the sciences.

A personal genome company launches in skeptical Europe; a user makes a genome browser.

Leave It to Google

A blogger says Google will house scientific data. Huzzah!

The US Department of Health and Human Services released a report saying that NIH does virtually nothing to track conflicts of interest for grant recipients.

Scientists find genes implicated in lupus.

A blogger weighs in on the Plant and Animal Genome conference.

Stemagen scientist makes cloned embryo of himself.

The number of databases keeps growing.

New research examines our inner microbial genome.

A blogger posts a quiz about "junk" DNA.

Science discusses syphilis, Oceania, psychiatric gene tests, and more.

A blogger says that the methods for teaching biology haven't caught up with our much improved knowledge of the subject matter.

Business Week hosts a debate about whether health insurance companies should have to pay for genetic tests.

In Nature this week, there's earth science, protein folding simulations, tumor suppressor genes, and more.

FDA's approval of cloned animal products doesn't factor in epigenetic idiosyncracies, says a blogger. In other news, a UK organization gave the go-ahead to creating human-animal hybrids for research.

A company launches a genetic service to determine baldness.

Cancer researcher Dr. Judah Folkman has died.

A NSF report says the US is lagging behind in science and technology.

Research finds that non-coding DNA is not "junk" (again).

Not everyone gets how journal impact factors are calculated, a blogger proves.

Molecular geneticists trace the origins of syphilis to the Americas.


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.