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The Scan

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.

It's like a Cosmo quiz, but for bioinformatics. Enjoy.

A blogger envisions translational medicine as a "virtuous circle."

A blogger looks at databases to decipher your personal SNP information.

A blogger approves of the 1,000 Genomes Project.

Funding Woes

A blogger looks at funding in the sciences.

Jane is a search tool to find articles and authors of interest.

Wired uncovers what the watermarks in Craig Venter's synthetic genome say.

The Galápagos Islands cope with an influx of tourists.

A blogger points to a news story to suggest why doing experiments under real-world conditions is important.

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey receives funding for phase two of the 'Help Defeat Cancer' project.

A blogger points out the ethical challenges of whole genome sequencing.

The Max Planck Institutes, aligning genomes, synthetic genomes, and more.

Steven Salzberg blogs about the latest findings in a study of how well people know their basic science.

Developers create the mitoWheel.

Microsoft's antics are always good for a laugh, and this time GTO just had to share.

Everybody should start the day with a good laugh. This blog post delivers.

Researchers pinpoint a gene that makes antidepressants less effective for some people.

A LinkedIn discussion centers on whether bioinformatics is still a viable business model or career choice.

This week in Nature there's, duplication in science research, transposons, and more.


Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.