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The Scan

Science takes a gander at stem cell patents, sister chromatid cohesion, and more.


A blogger ponders the mechanics of open science.

One scientist wants to create a virtual C. elegans and another wants to create a virtual scientist.

A blogger uses humor to dive into the ethics of spinning research results.

Nature has parthenogenetic stem cells, a fly RNAi library, and more this week.

More turtles, please, says Malaysia.

Spit It Out

Saliva-based technologies abound.

Where are you on the biotech food chain?

China put the former head of its food and drug administration to death after he admitted taking bribes.

Cloning Cows

Cloning will be just one tool open to farmers, says a news report.

A blogger asks readers to give the NIH their input about its grant-giving system.

Studying a prospective source of biofuel gets the money rolling in.

Paradigm shift in cancer theory? A blogger thinks not.

This month's Nature Biotechnology has a primer on shotgun proteomic algorithms and a series of articles on engineering nucleases for gene therapy.

Change is Overrated

A comparison of Caenorhabditis genomes underscores the importance of chromosomal architecture.

Does a family own its genetic information?

Synthetic Review

The New York Times looks into synthetic biology.

No One's Perfect

A review of Michael Sandel's new book "The Case Against Perfection."

The 'octosquid,' possibly a new species, has surfaced in Hawaii.

No Chatty Cathies, Sea Anemones Sequenced, Greenland's DNA, and more in this issue of Science.

As all eyes turn to synthetic biology, the possibilities seem tremendous -- but the regulatory landscape remains uncharted.

A group of Israeli scientists report building a computer made entirely of DNA.

Scathing Reviews

To add to the arena of evolutionary biologists weighing in on religion, we've got David Sloan Wilson taking issue with Richard Dawkins.

Nature gets into GINA, science fiction, mirtrons and more in this week's issue.

A review from Richard Dawkins pans the latest book from intelligent design advocate Michael Behe.


An Associated Press report says China refrained from releasing the SARS-CoV-2 genome for more than a week in January, frustrating the World Health Organization.

The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine have issued expressions of concern regarding the data used in two COVID-19 papers, the New York Times reports. 

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the mayfly, garnering insight into how insects evolved wings, Science reports.

In Genome Research this week: gene expression in primate brain regions, inversions and breakpoint inverted repeats in the human genome, and more.