The Scan

It's Tom Lehrer's paean to the periodic table, karaoke-style.

It's the debate that won't go away -- just how much are those impact factors worth, anyway?

Scientists are still divided over the existence of cancerous stem cells, but a new project to look for these cells in patients may help provide an answer.

This Week in Science

This week's Science covers breakthroughs of 2007, stem cell research, miRNAs as up-regulators of translation, and more.

Tech Review offers a gift guide for geeks.

Steve Murphy blogs his predictions for the genomics field in 2008.

Keith Robison blogs about ever-increasing corporate hierarchies.

This Week in Nature

Nature rounds up the year, looks at the declining dollar, microchips and cancer, and more.

Scientists perform a genome-wide scan for DNA methylation in breast cancer.

Food companies have developed a tool to track cloned livestock to help ease public concerns.

Blogger Sandra Porter starts a series on the key steps to take in starting research on a genetic disease.

A blogger compares academia to the "real world."

Human Genome Sciences reports good news from animal studies of its anthrax drug.

Biogen Idec signs on the first tenant for its Innovation Incubator program.

An article in BusinessWeek says that supercomputing is coming to a desktop near you.

A British Nobel laureate criticizes the government for not placing a fair value on understanding scientific issues.

Wired blogs about the new editor-in-chief of Science.

The SciAm 50 awards are released.

Discover magazine reports on personal genomics and whether it's worth getting your genome tested.

The New York Times reports that universities are testing a new model of accepting money from companies to allow access to their researchers.

A blogger says that synthetic biology shouldn't be as scary as opponents make it out to be.

WSJ profiles Novartis' work with using genomics to develop vaccines.

Slate offers an explanation of how scientists determined there was a high proportion of African heritage in Jim Watson's genome.

LA Times has a Q&A with Francis Collins, who just won a lung research award.

Paging Dr. Eisen ... Science Commons announces a new protocol to encourage open access.


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.