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The Scan

Beth Israel Deaconess and the Cleveland Clinic try Google Health out.

A check in the column for personalized medicine.

A blogger wonders where all the scientific geniuses have gone.

Closing the Divide

A new initiative aims to bring the humanities and science together.

Takeda looks at US market.

Research links genetics to political stance.

Sheer luck has little to do with scientific success, says a blogger.

A blogger notes that the proposal submission deadline for January's PSB meeting is approaching.

A blogger suggests some ways to clean up your file- and directory-naming protocol.

After our sigh of relief as GINA became law, a Wired blogger says we've still got things to worry about.

Google Trends indicates that synthetic biology captures just a sliver of the interest that's seen for systems biology.

This Science roundup includes Australia's science budget, reviews of systems biology books, endogenous siRNAs, and more.

Find yourself without the requisite number of scientist buddies? A couple of social networking sites want to help.

Scientists compare the microbiome across 60 mammalian species.

A blogger describes a new paper from Benjamin Cravatt's lab.

Let the Data Loose

A blogger makes the case for open access to chemistry data.

On Sale Now: Ethics

Virginia Commonwealth University has a contract with Philip Morris that prevents professors from publishing without the company's consent, reports the New York Times.

A blogger considers her first year in academia.

A pharma strives to minimize bureaucracy by streamlining.

A blogger discusses the discovery of a novel protein-coding gene in yeast.

US News & World Report says hurray for GINA, but genetic testing is still hampered by lack of coverage among third-party payers.

This week in Nature there's open-access publishing, genetic testing, stem cells, and more.

GTO's Odds and Ends

Dog cloning auctions, BioNumbers, GenePattern updates, a poetic gene, and gene-splicing humor.

Plant-based biofuels will be a tough row to hoe no matter how you look at it, NYT reports.

Massachusetts prepares its life sciences bill, complete with earmarks.


The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.