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The Scan

Thanks to errors in lab testing, thousands of breast cancer patients may have been steered toward the wrong therapeutic treatment, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal.

A blogger reports on tracing SNPs to a very specific ancestor.

A blogger wonders whether scientists make naturally good managers.

Wall Street Journal parses a $30 million donation that will allow the Weizmann Institute of Science to launch a preclinical research facility and a biomedical science school.

Trust Your Gut

Tech Review covers research on the human microbiome that might help explain the rise in allergy rates in many countries.

Nature reports on Down's syndrome and tumors, NUMB, induced pluripotent stem cells, and more.

A blogger discusses consumer genomics and privacy from the viewpoint of Web 2.0.

Life in the lab have you down? A blogger posts on alternative careers to put that scientific degree to use without, you know, having to be a scientist.

Sam Karlin Dies at 83

Jonathan Eisen remembers Sam Karlin.

A UK newspaper considers the biggest scientific accomplishments of last year.

The Wall Street Journal says researchers are developing a genetic test that could spot cancer in a saliva sample.

Wired reports on a genotyping test to determine race that has police departments in a bind.

Testing bioinformatics software with data will help catch errors code testing didn't spot.

Now that the science of genetic variation has progressed enough, genetic tests are on the rise -- but there's still a shortage of people qualified to make sense of the results.

Wired hails the top 10 newly engineered organisms of 2007.

MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative is proving popular among students and fellow universities that are signing on to offer their own classes for free.

Scientists are still debating John Hawks' paper about accelerating human evolution.

Technology Review writes about biotech advances in 2007.

When Faster IS Better

Getting drugs to market faster is in the news.

That Fateful Journey

Charles Darwin's trip around the world began 176 years ago.

Parents of children with rare genetic disorders meet up.

Hwang Woo-Suk applies to begin new human embryonic stem cell work.

Certain genes are associated with being a bully or being a bully's victim.

A new paper looks at user scripts for the life sciences.

A blogger doubts that artificial genomes will lead to shifting philosophical views.

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Nearly 30,000 COVID-19 tests the UK sent to the US came back as void, according to the Telegraph.

Black principal investigators receive less favorable application scores when seeking US National Institutes of Health grants, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

New Scientist reports that both RNA and DNA may have been involved in the emergence of life on Earth.

In Nature this week: new Sperm-seq method enables crossover analysis, tumor-informed detection approach for minimal residual disease, and more.