The Scan

Big pharma companies set up the International Serious Adverse Events Consortium.

Chris Smither wryly sings about making people.

The Omics! Omics! blog wonders what "Sanger sequencing" really means.

This Week in Science

Science this week tackles testing mathematics and science students, the Giardia genome, and the mitochondrial genome of the Siberian mammoth.

A blogger posts about what makes him a happy bioinformaticist.

An interview with James Watson reveals some uncanny insights.

Scientists say they were tricked into appearing in a film promoting intelligent design.

GTO reports on Zerhouni's address to NIH postdoc, research, and clinical fellows.

A blogger thinks out loud about retrotransposons and adaptive evolution.

Hey, I'm 3D, Too!

Brown University researchers invent a new 3D petri dish.

Geneticists link 350 genes to infertility in women and a blogger asks why they didn't just do a whole genome association study.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on the sequence of a grapevine, high school science education, South Africa, and more.

FFPE samples are as good as fresh frozen ones for miRNA expression profiling studies, researchers find.

Actor Ben Affleck will be participating in the Genographic Project.

A blogger calls for dark data to be freed.

A blogger elaborates on the efforts of government-sponsored post-genomic projects.

Janet Stemwedel submits her tenure bid.

The US Food and Drug Administration is getting quite the overhaul, according to this Forbes article.

A scientist blogs about the different visualization approaches taken by online tools used for protein sequence annotation.

A blogger reviews a white paper on personalized medicine recently published by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Keith Robison blogs about Millennium's good news about Velcade.

Get Your Two Cents In

W3C is looking for ideas for the Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences groups.

A blogger explains master control genes.

A bill to change the US patent system passed the House. A blogger comments.

Tech Review reports on research that could prolong cell life.

Pages

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.

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.