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The Scan

Synthetic biology and GM foods get their due in mainstream media stories.

A wire service reports that a new stem cell facility is expected to open in San Diego by 2010.

Google invests in Navigenics.

A blogger tells research subjects to forget about privacy.

Francis Collins battles the angry atheists.

GTO celebrates proximity to the weekend with a new DNA song and Neanderthal speech.

A study reveals that almost 20 percent of papers were open access in 2006.

Science checks out the World of Warcraft, flu evolution, yeast genomics, and more.

A blogger finds next-gen sequencing data is pushing the limits of his compute resources.

JAMA says that Merck's Vioxx papers were written by the company and then credited to academics.

Darwin Online has digital versions of Charles Darwin's papers.

A blogger's list of promising cancer treatments includes a few genomic breakthroughs.

MIT's Tech Review reports on efforts to sequence a human genome for $100.

Sandra Porter blogs about polymorphism mapping with 16S ribosomal RNA.

This week's Nature has next-gen sequencing, plant genomics, shuffling genes in E. coli, and more.

A Navigenics customer looks at the personal side of personal genomics.

A blogger tries to decide where to submit her paper.

Sydney Brenner advocates a "bedside to bench" approach to medical research.

A blogger uses computational analysis to compare cancer and cell cycle genes.

Get on Over to Github

A blogger posts on social networking for coders.

Like Bert and Ernie

A venture capitalist and an MIT scientist have a long business relationship.

Some researchers refuse honoraria from companies.

It's a War on WARF

Steve Salzberg takes on WARF's stem cell patents.

Ewan Birney blogs about better data coordination efforts for human gene and protein repositories.

Harold Varmus speaks on Science Friday.


Public health experts call for a transparent COVID-19 vaccine approval process in a letter; the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assures science-based approval.

The Verge reports that new gene-naming guidelines aim in part to avoid Excel-related name change confusion.

In Nature this week: tuatara genome sequence aids in understanding amniote evolution, and more.

According to the Guardian, UK virologists say in a letter to officials that their expertise has been pushed aside in COVID-19 response plans.