The Scan

FASEB is asking scientists to support their YouTube videos to make sure that research-related questions are chosen as part of a US presidential debate.

A blogger says the fear of appearing racist may stifle good science into genetic differences based on people's ethnic and geographic background.

A blogger comments on Gene Logic and drug repositioning.

Steven Salzberg posts on news that scientists have been able to create human embryonic stem cells from skin cells.

Scientists are using genetic technology to produce trees that could be better sources of biofuel.

Sandra Porter has a much-needed post on quality scores in DNA sequencing as her response to the onslaught of personal genomics companies.

John Tierney at the New York Times says that a group's reaction to concepts such as human cloning are largely linked to religious views.

Biotech firm Celgene acquires Pharmion for $2.9 billion.

A blogger writes about VEGF and predicting drug doses.

Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch dies.

Dolly's creator changes tactics.

In the mother of all Daily Scan posts, GTO rounds up the flurry of personal genomics blogs, videos, and articles.

Neuroscientists create neural maps.

Researchers find that endogenous retroviruses play a role in the transcriptional network of p53.

Minnesota's newborn genetic screening tests are debated.

A British TV show offends geneticists.

This Week in Science

Science takes on robotics, Merck's failed HIV vaccine, monoallelic expression, and more.

Decode Genetics announces deCODEme, a new genome testing service.

This Week in Nature

Nature this week tackles climate change, stem cells, G-protein-coupled receptors, and more.

Nathan Myhrvold’s firm is expanding its reach.

Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates starts his own company.

Teachers whose students are joining the Genographic Project might have some delicate questions to answer.

A Quick Primer

The Washington Post gives a quick genetics lesson.

A blogger summarizes papers on evolution genetics and genomics.

Wired reports on the outcome of iGEM.


A new analysis of research funding finds that after receiving their first award, female researchers are just about as likely to receive additional awards as male researchers.

The Nature Jobs blog reports that the University of Chicago is no longer requiring graduate school applicants to submit standardized test scores.

At Nature, the University of Alberta's Devang Mehta calls on PIs to engage in conversations about racism.

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