The Scan

A UK newspaper considers the biggest scientific accomplishments of last year.

The Wall Street Journal says researchers are developing a genetic test that could spot cancer in a saliva sample.

Wired reports on a genotyping test to determine race that has police departments in a bind.

Testing bioinformatics software with data will help catch errors code testing didn't spot.

Now that the science of genetic variation has progressed enough, genetic tests are on the rise -- but there's still a shortage of people qualified to make sense of the results.

Wired hails the top 10 newly engineered organisms of 2007.

MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative is proving popular among students and fellow universities that are signing on to offer their own classes for free.

Scientists are still debating John Hawks' paper about accelerating human evolution.

Technology Review writes about biotech advances in 2007.

When Faster IS Better

Getting drugs to market faster is in the news.

That Fateful Journey

Charles Darwin's trip around the world began 176 years ago.

Parents of children with rare genetic disorders meet up.

Hwang Woo-Suk applies to begin new human embryonic stem cell work.

Certain genes are associated with being a bully or being a bully's victim.

A new paper looks at user scripts for the life sciences.

A blogger doubts that artificial genomes will lead to shifting philosophical views.

The NIH’s budget barely increases for 2008; open access for NIH-funded research.

A new web service brings together PubMed and Web 2.0.

A dry lab scientist works in a wet lab.

A commentary in The Economist suggests that sequencing wine grape genomes may lead to more than better yields and improved pest resistance.

Scripps Genomics chief Eric Topol provides a clear, concise overview of the state of personal genomics in the waning days of 2007.

Thanks to genetic analysis, a new paper shows that the many subspecies of West African giraffe are actually distinct species.

It's Tom Lehrer's paean to the periodic table, karaoke-style.

It's the debate that won't go away -- just how much are those impact factors worth, anyway?

Scientists are still divided over the existence of cancerous stem cells, but a new project to look for these cells in patients may help provide an answer.


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.