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The Scan

A flurry of articles is stirring up concerns about gene patents and genetic testing. What are we to make of this?

Biofuel Gaining Steam

Reports from the AAAS meeting and an announcement from the BP energy company indicate that biofuel research is advancing rapidly.

NIH officials offer a lengthy explanation of The Cancer Genome Atlas for the mainstream public.

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

The Personal Genome blog says, what if genetic privacy laws are actually a bad thing?

A fungal genome blog takes a stand on the Wiki world.

AAAS kicks off its annual meeting today in San Francisco.

All Hail Open Source

This blog post is an open source love letter to Jim Kent for his work to make scientific data freely accessible.

We round up the most relevant reads in today's Nature.

Rockefeller University researchers clone mice from skin stem cells.

Novartis releases some data, prompting hope that pharmas will embrace the open source movement.

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Michael Crichton weighs in on gene patenting.

Cold Spring Harbor offers an unusual V-day twist on research donation.

There is a drop-off in evolution of expressed genes in the human brain.

A genome-wide study aims to genotype type 2 diabetes.

The Dog Genome Project shows how dogs' genetics give them easy lives.

Today's featured article on Wikipedia is DNA.

Happy Birthday, Chuck

On Darwin’s 198th Birthday, Americans are confused (perhaps more than ever) about evolution.

A cultural anthropologist takes a look at Web 2.0 in this video.

Scientists use pig bladder extracellular matrix to regenerate tissue.

Researchers at CSHL locate a "master" tumor supressor gene.

Science Round-up

Read about the latest research from today's Science.

Researchers construct a computer map of the human metabolome.

The Economist reports how scientists are modifying flowers to change their color and smell.

The Nature Round-Up

A Cancer Gene Revived and Trashing Proteins


The first reported coronavirus cases in Europe and the US might not be related to the subsequent outbreaks in those areas, according to the New York Times.

According to NPR, there's a growing shortage of machines to run SARS-CoV-2 tests.

The Wall Street Journal and Kaiser Health News report that antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 has led to further confusion.

In Nature this week: the largest known collection of human genetic variants, and more.