The Scan

PLoS Biology announces its first academic editor-in-chief, Jonathan Eisen.

The first installment of the Encyclopedia of Life will go live on Thursday.

Google partners with the NSF on the Academic Cluster Computing Initiative.

Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers used 454's technology to study mesothelioma.

Jonathan Eisen blogs about the statistics used in human rights cases and microbial ecology.

The New York Times reports on patients' reluctance to take genetic tests for fear of discrimination.

A blogger makes the case for naming reviewers on papers.

The G8 adopts stricter standards for producing biofuels.

A doctor evaluates the 23andMe and DecodeMe testing services.

The Economist makes the case for GMO crops in GM-unfriendly Europe.

This Week in Science

This issue of Science covers Pfizer's legal tactics, a potential cancer virus, and more.

DNA research pays off -- as long as paternity testing is what you had in mind.

Computer bioimaging techniques trump current standards for diagnosing Alzheimer's.

Researchers link miRNAs to vertebrate evolution.

Another company launches a personal genomics service.

Ray Wu, whose work helped shape Sanger sequencing, dies at 79.

Discover bills this Q&A as "a chat with George W. Bush's conscience." Put your fear aside and check it out.

This Week in Nature

Nature this week offers insight into heart disease, worldwide genetic variation, Star-PAP in oxidative stress, and more.

Janet Stemwedel discusses how to stand up to unethical behavior.

Google launches its health records management system.

Craig Venter denies having a God complex.

Florida votes to approve new public school science education standards.

Researchers find variation in the genome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

A blogger characterizes the audience at departmental seminars.

A muckety-muck at the World Health Organization complains that the Gates Foundation is investing too much money in malaria research.


A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calls for changing metrics to make STEM graduate school more student-centered, according to Science.

Two postdocs and a PhD hosted a panel discussion at Memorial Sloan Kettering on career advancement in science and what researchers can expect when they leave the lab.

An analysis of speakers at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting finds that women are less likely to be invited to talk, according to the Guardian.

An analysis appearing in PeerJ finds that social media mentions of a paper may lead to increased citations.