The Scan

Former Millennium honchos start up a new venture fund.

A blogger wants Congress to refund the Office of Technology Assessment.

Stop Calling it Junk!

Geneticists find that "junk" DNA is actually evolving.

This Week in Science

Science has starch genes, geek camp, and more in this week's issue.

Personalized medicine needs good genomic data to move the field forward.

GenomeBoy wonders how much genomic information about himself he can take.

Some publishers are distancing themselves from PRISM.

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley told Wall Street analysts it's time to get to know their genome.

The US Senate will soon consider requiring federally funded research to be made freely available within 12 months of publication.

The Edge Foundation's annual event hosted a small group of science rock stars.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on NIH funding woes, neglected diseases, and DNA methylation.

VentureBeat ponders the fate of the US health insurance system in the era of personal genomics.

Made-to-order genes are a multi-million dollar field.

Google's health VP leaves.

Firefox extension CoScripter can be used for sharing, and automating, bioinformatic computations.

The new Mass Biotech Council leader may be just as "ethically challenged" as the previous one.

Reed Elsevier launches an experimental program to test free access to 100 of its journals.

This WSJ article says debate has arisen over an ad campaign for BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing that's targeted directly at consumers.

Three new science awards come with a $1 million prize. And now that we've got your attention...

More to-do with the British national DNA databank (and some welcome comic relief).

Jonathan Eisen recants a critical post and replaces it with this analysis of why the recent paper on bee colony collapse disorder is worth reading.

A blogger interviews one of the founders of the Personal Genetics Education Project, which aims to help people understand how genomics will fit into mainstream society.

Venter a Go Go

The maverick speaks. A lot.

Will biosimiliars devastate the biotechnology market?

Blogger Sandra Porter calculates the cost of sequencing a human genome.

Pages

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.

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.