The Scan

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, there's stem cells, scientific ethics, p53, the nuclear pore complex, and more.

Genes Are So Passé

Bora Zivkovic wonders if the term "gene" is outdated.

The New Yorker offers a feature on scientists who bring back extinct viruses with new genomic technology.

A blogger rounds up CSHL's Genome Informatics meeting.

Researchers link genetics with the Viking history of surnames in Britain.

Swiss scientists are using a high-powered computer to build a remarkably detailed, simulated brain.

GMO gets a boost in Britain, but sees trouble in Germany and the US.

As stem cell scientists work to make recent advances available to a broad community, an unlikely source takes credit.

Elsevier launches 2collab, a social bookmarking website.

Eli Lilly's CEO pens an op-ed piece in an attempt to explain what went wrong with a promising new drug. (Spoiler alert: it's the media.)

More open-access journals warm Bora Zivkovic's heart.

Make use of the Internet to find your perfect science job, says a blogger.

BioMed Central launches a YouTube channel.

Blogger David Ng posts a picture that will make you laugh.

DNA testing, specifically for ancestry purposes, has not shown impressive reliability.

An op-ed in the Times sparks debate over whether there's room for faith in science.

A blogger faces the fear that his results might not be correct if there's something wrong with the underlying code.

This Week in Science

Science has Sydney Brenner, cell signaling, and DNA duplexes.

From VentureBeat, an article on an alternative revenue source for 23andMe: pharmas interested in mining their data.

This Week in Nature

Nature has papers on termite metagenomics and primate cloning, as well as news on Germany's first national academy of science.

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.


Gene editing is expected to give rise to new job opportunities, according to BBC Capital.

A new analysis finds that better grant-writing skills may help early-career researchers stay funded and stay in academia.

At Nature, a graduate student describes how to explore careers outside academia and what PhD programs can do help that search.

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.