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Firefox extension CoScripter can be used for sharing, and automating, bioinformatic computations.

The new Mass Biotech Council leader may be just as "ethically challenged" as the previous one.

Reed Elsevier launches an experimental program to test free access to 100 of its journals.

This WSJ article says debate has arisen over an ad campaign for BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing that's targeted directly at consumers.

Three new science awards come with a $1 million prize. And now that we've got your attention...

More to-do with the British national DNA databank (and some welcome comic relief).

Jonathan Eisen recants a critical post and replaces it with this analysis of why the recent paper on bee colony collapse disorder is worth reading.

A blogger interviews one of the founders of the Personal Genetics Education Project, which aims to help people understand how genomics will fit into mainstream society.

Venter a Go Go

The maverick speaks. A lot.

Will biosimiliars devastate the biotechnology market?

Blogger Sandra Porter calculates the cost of sequencing a human genome.

A blogger ponders the good and bad of "networked" science.

In today's Science: a special section on social cogntion, a genome-wide associtiaon study for glaucome, the sequencing of Fusarium graminearum, and more.

Magnetic nanoparticles can detect pathogens earlier than current methods.

Researchers have discovered a uniquely folded, outer mitochondrial membrane protein.

Billionaires just can't get a break. This NYT article looks at philanthropists like Eli Broad and how their donations take a toll on tax revenue.

Keith Robison blogs about toxicogenomics, a field that once seemed promising but so far hasn't panned out.

Nature covers Venter, ultraconserved sequences, Neanderthals, and more in this week's issue.

The Guardian has an article on scientists trying to build portable mass spec machines.

Researchers find that ultraconserved elements may not be essential genetic code.

A blogger shares tips on how to write a good paper.

Researchers announce genes for height and weight.

The co-founder of Science Commons publishes a piece in FT about how science hasn't proven to be truly Web-worthy yet.

The publication of Venter's genome has the media and blog world buzzing.

Microsoft is pursuing OOXML as a standard document format.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.