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The Scan

Recently condemned bloggers are having fun with their lists of deadly sins.

Zinc-finger nucleases show efficiency in targeting genes and turning them off.

A new study says that the difference between successful scientists and the rest of them can all be traced back to beer.

A blogger says labs are embracing digital notebooks, and for good reason.

From the TED2008 meeting, Craig Venter's talk on synthetic bio and next-gen biofuels.

Bill Gates headed to Congress to sound the alarm that the US won't keep up with international progress in science and technology without major investment in research and education.

If $1,000 genomes were possible, this blogger says it would make a world of difference in finding rare variants.

Scientists find a novel antibiotic by getting bacteria to produce it for them.

A blogger remembers life without computers.

Blaine Bettinger has written an e-book on how to interpret your DNA test results.

Navigenics may be launching soon.

This issue of Science looks at potentially fraudulent papers, graduate fellowships, scaffold proteins and pathways, and more.

Chinese authorities make a statement to encourage scientific creativity.

The ISCB revises its policy statement on bioinformatics software availability.

This week in Nature there's university patents, the SATB1 breast cancer gene, methylation in Arabidopsis, and more.

A blogger discusses why young investigators can't get funded.

Several bloggers ask, 'What went wrong at Proteomics?'

MIT begins construction on the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

A tool can zoom in on bacterial genomes.

Researchers follow up on SNPs associated with obesity in children.

Intel Science Talent Search winner predicts cancer recurrence.

Showing the Money

HHMI announces new funds for young investigators.

Epigenetics and CNVs makes twins not so identical.

British pathologists call for regulation of at-home test kits.

Richard Silverman got lucky, says this article.


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.