The Scan

The number of databases keeps growing.

New research examines our inner microbial genome.

A blogger posts a quiz about "junk" DNA.

This Week in Science

Science discusses syphilis, Oceania, psychiatric gene tests, and more.

A blogger says that the methods for teaching biology haven't caught up with our much improved knowledge of the subject matter.

Business Week hosts a debate about whether health insurance companies should have to pay for genetic tests.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, there's earth science, protein folding simulations, tumor suppressor genes, and more.

FDA's approval of cloned animal products doesn't factor in epigenetic idiosyncracies, says a blogger. In other news, a UK organization gave the go-ahead to creating human-animal hybrids for research.

A company launches a genetic service to determine baldness.

Cancer researcher Dr. Judah Folkman has died.

A NSF report says the US is lagging behind in science and technology.

Research finds that non-coding DNA is not "junk" (again).

Not everyone gets how journal impact factors are calculated, a blogger proves.

Molecular geneticists trace the origins of syphilis to the Americas.

Air pollution causes increased DNA mutation and methylation, researchers find.

Researchers use electricity to sort stem cells.

An organization is petitioning for a $0 genome.

Two more companies will begin offering personal genome analysis services.

BioMedExperts is the latest social networking website -- for published researchers.

Bio-Rad's "Scientists for Better PCR" takes flight.

This Week in Science

This issue of Science focuses on Chinese universities, nano-scale probes, and HIV.

Are academic bloggers shooting the larger Western world in the foot?

Tethys Bioscience receives more money for its protein biomarkers test for diabetes.

A blogger wonders whether companies offering personal genome services will survive.

Science 2.0 gains ground.


Nature News reports that doing a postdoc might not help researchers find employment.

Pennsylvania State University's Kathleen Grogan says researchers need to approach data on gender and racial diversity in the sciences like they would any other dataset.

The National Science Foundation is adding questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to its Survey of Earned Doctorates, according to Science Careers.

Nature asked scientists whether they were satisfied with their careers to find that most were, with some variation.