The Scan

Sponges and Synapses?

Scientists find clues to the evolution of the human nervous system.

Open source or open notebook?

Two science policy analysts advocate including community participation in research.

A collaborative effort in London starts the search for a cure for AMD.

A humorous blog post presents the top 10 ways DNA technology will change your life.

A Gates Foundation grant will establish a new institute to track the impact of public health programs around the world.

Blogger Thomas Goetz has a funny sense of déjà vu about personalized medicine.

The press continues to digest Watson's genome sequence; these articles describe the potential of sequencing on a grand scale.

Mayo Clinic researchers use supercomputers to model infectious disease.

A blogger says we shouldn't ignore the value of haplotype data.

An article from Forbes says the genomics field needs a celebrity spokesperson.

This Week in Science

Today's Science focuses on preparing secondary science teachers and genome-wide association studies of diabetes.

Biotech startup 23andme, which recently got a major investment from Google, ends the debate on whether Jimmy and Warren are related.

A Nodalpoint post wishes Google would intervene to give us decent metabolic maps.

This Week in Nature

GTO scans today's edition of Nature.

Jim Watson makes history as he receives a copy of his very own genome today.

The Republican senator from Kansas weighs in on evolution.

Several blog posts point to the challenges of finding freely accessible scientific literature.

A creation-based museum opens with exhibits showing, among other things, that dinosaurs lived peacefully alongside humans in the Garden of Eden.

A blog offers a how-to guide on using pieces of a scientific paper to rebuild the authors' original code when it's not available.

Ronaghi, Pevzner, and others report a method for using short reads in de novo sequencing in PLoS ONE.

Russia's government approves a national genome database to help catch criminals.

Despite company policies and pending laws, personal health and other information can still be accidentally leaked.

NYT profiles Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of biotech company 23andme, which recently got a major investment from Google.

The NIH establishes a new division to study alternative medicine -- to the chagrin of one scientist.

Pages

An analysis appearing in PeerJ finds that social media mentions of a paper may lead to increased citations.

NIH's Michael Lauer looks at the number of grants, their amount, and funding success rates at the agency for last year.

At Nature, Johns Hopkins' Gundula Bosch describes her graduate program that aims to get doctoral students thinking about the big picture.

Patricia Fara writes about childcare funding, and women in science and science history at NPR.