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The Scan

Time magazine names the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2007.

A blogger reveals how to negotiate a good lab startup package -- or at least, how not to negotiate one.

Speaking of snake oil, here's a new dating service that matches people based on the "smell" caused by their immune system genes.

WSJ looks at massive shifts at pharmas as the former chemist dream teams are being laid off.

A blogger wonders what's preventing people from sending someone else's DNA under their own name to a consumer genomics company.

Discover magazine sums up progress in personal genomics.

Population geneticists track Native American ancestral migrations.

A new paper looks at evidence for accelerated adaptive human evolution.

Thank goodness for the Gray Lady, which offers several interesting articles on genetic findings and a stem cell scientist.

Leave it to a bio blogger to come up with a new classification system for scientists.

In a ranking of the top 18 leaders of America, US News & World Report chose three scientists.

Craig Venter sits down for an interview with a San Diego newspaper and finally weighs in on being the field's best-known "maverick."

Bristol-Myers Squibb lays off 4300 and closes manufacturing plants.

Caltech's Seymour Benzer passed away.

It's a holiday gift for pundits: analysis of James Watson's genome shows significantly more African ancestry than is common among Europeans.

Martin Evans, the humble Nobel laureate, has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

Drug development draws on anthropological techniques.

Steve Salzberg laments new evidence indicating that the real number of human genes is just 20,500.

Elizabeth Blackburn sits down for an interview with Discover magazine.

Science research looks at Bt toxins, mammalian Xic, and deubiquitinating enzymes.

Tech Review speaks with George Church.

Jason Bobe blogs on encouraging people's willingness to have their genomes sequenced.

'Tis the Season

Generosity might be in your genes, says a study from Hebrew University.

Snake Oil Genomics

The Economist warns consumers that some genetic testing services are less than reputable.

A commentary in the WSJ calls for an emphasis on scientific understanding among US presidential candidates.


Master's and doctoral students in the UK call on funding groups to extend their grants for the duration of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Guardian reports.

Squid can make edits to their RNA within the cytoplasm of their axons, Science News reports.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is putting $25 million toward COVID-19 treatment research, according to the Verge.

In Science this week: researchers engineer version of Cas9 that is nearly PAM-less, and more.