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The Scan

Improvements in DNA analysis technology are getting people downright comfortable with things like paternity testing.

The Bad Seed

A certain kind of rice seed, not developed as a genetically modified organism, has shown up in tests as containing unapproved genetic material.

Comedy show the Colbert Report had Craig Venter as a guest.

This month's issue of The Scientist included results of its survey on best places to work, as ranked by postdocs.

An article from the New York Times weekend magazine looks into how evolutionary biologists are studying the origins of religion.

Render Unto Caesar...

The Flags and Lollipops blog reviews a new candidate gene prioritization method.

GTO scans today's edition of Science.

Clamoring for Access

The open access movement takes another step forward with a petition for free access to data from government-funded research.

A satirical news site predicts that scientists will attempt to map the genome of God.

A New York Times article documents concerns about the ethics around the ever-growing jurisdiction of IRBs.

GTO rounds up the relevant reads in today's edition of Nature.

A new blog gives tips on designing better graphs.

Time's science blogger muses on "the illusion we all have that things will go on pretty much as they are now."

Follow the Money

The Omics! Omics! blogger wonders where the money goes when there's a major financial failure in biotech.

Dell moves a step closer to offering Linux pre-installed.

Me and My Thermo

Blogging the installation of a new mass spec. What could be more fun?

Upheld, For Now

A California appeals court maintains the constitutionality of stem cell agency.

DNA analysis helps wildlife experts trace origins of contraband ivory.

Researchers find a gene whose variations correlate with performance IQ scores.

A 2002 study using adult stem cells may be flawed.

Two new studies make headway for therapeutics.

Researchers finish a draft of the North American plague’s genome.

A Mutt No More

The latest gene-testing app doesn't hunt for cancer; it tells you the breed of your dog.

GTO rounds up the relevant reads in today's Science.

New research could help make liposuctioned stem cells a reliable way to regrow tissue.


Politico reports President Donald Trump has signed the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.

NPR reports that graduate students in the US are helping with SARS-CoV-2 testing.

A new analysis finds that peer review improves the quality of preprints just a little bit, according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: epigenetic drug triggers anti-viral activity, viral diversity among individuals with HIV experiencing virological failure, and more.