The Scan

After a paper criticized universities for increased use of animals in research, this blogger reminds readers that advancing human health depends on animal trials.

The Wall Street Journal has an article on the rise of social networking in professional circles.

A blogger looks to move beyond proteins in small molecule therapeutics.

A new red fluorescent protein enables live cell imaging in deep tissue.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on GINA and the military, the flexibility of the genetic code, lab mice haplotypes, and more.

Researchers look at the genetic evolution of the MHC in the duck-billed platypus.

The PISD Coalition website cleverly spoofs the anti-open-access PRISM effort.

A blogger waxes philosophical about being a scientist.

Blogger Sandra Porter gives a shout out to the helpful core lab folks at ABRF.

Two members of a law firm post on the difficulties facing small biotechs in the current patent environment.

DNA Banking Bazaar

A couple of bloggers take on issues with DNA banking.

Steven Salzberg says the journal Nature should not cover religion.

Next time you're in the UK, think twice before you surf a wireless network.

GMO isn't the only way to tweak plants; radiation breeding has widespread worldwide use.

T. Ryan Gregory uses a blog post to clear up what he says are misconceptions about advisors encouraging their grad students to publish.

A news article says that the use of animals in research at universities is on the rise, while industry has been able to cut back.

A news article profiles a biotech-for-kiddies program run by Bayer.

At last, a video for at-home DNA extraction. Phew.

Jonathan Eisen's latest blog post represents a broad disbelief over a new anti-open-access program.

Researchers use Multiple Sample Analysis to map concordant genomic abnormalities in cancer tumors.

Today in Science

Science highlights university rankings, the COMPETES Act, gender and genes, and more.

The Economist has an article on the likely effects of genomics on the health insurance and medical privacy landscape.

The Wellcome Trust hopes to spur the Sanger Institute with funds and a new leader.

From the front page of the Wall Street Journal, a profile of the DNA-hunting paleontologist Jack Horner.

The GINA bill is on hold in the US Senate.


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.