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The Scan

A new book explores evil genes.

Steven Salzberg wonders if "conservative" means "anti-knowledge."

PLoS Computational Biology launches a new series of articles.

Jonathan Eisen lists what he likes about Cold Spring Harbor.

VC biotech funding is decreasing.

"Watson's Folly" is a warning, says Seven Stones blogger.

Nobel laureate Arthur Kornberg dies at 89.

The New York Times points out other Nobel laureates who went off the deep end.

The Economist offers an article on systems biology.

Keith Robison blogs about the second GPCR to be successfully crystallized and have its structure published.

Science reports on decision making, Neandertal's hair and skin, and programmed cell death.

VentureBeat reports on diagnostic firm XDx, which just filed for an IPO.

NAR has a good backgrounder on DNA sequencing from Clyde Hutchison.

Motley Fool has a quick earnings analysis of Illumina.

Nature has American funding problems, Italian bioethics, epigenetic silencing of Ras, and more.

Derek Lowe blogs about pharma layoffs.

James Watson retires from Cold Spring Harbor.

Craig Venter's book is panned by the Washington Post.

Too Close to Home

An Invitrogen employee is at the center of an article about a family's escape from the California wildfires.

Deepak Singh blogs about the differences between academia and industry.

Blogger Sandra Porter was frustrated in her attempts to teach a bioinformatics class when the computers didn't work.

Genome-wide association studies still going strong -- this time for Alzheimer's.

In two news stories, France authorizes a new DNA test, while the EU authorizes import of the first new GMO products in almost 10 years.

A cartoon a day keeps your funny bone intact.

What are the essential skills every scientist should have? A blogger rounds them up.


The founder of MeTooSTEM, BethAnn McLaughlin, created a Twitter account purported to be that of an LGBTQ Native American professor at Arizona State University, the New York Times writes.

Novavax reports its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to immune responses, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gene length is associated with lifespan in a comparative genomics study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that draws on the whale shark genome.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: effort to annotate the rat transcriptome, web-based resource to characterize marine microbes, and more.