The Scan

The first human trials for a DNA-based vaccine for multiple sclerosis have been declared a success.

A blogger argues that patents stifle research.

Intellectual property rights distract universities from their original purpose, says a blogger.

In the blogosphere: what does creative commons mean for you?

Thank heavens for those cis-regulatory regions, or you'd be a whole lot hairier, according to a new paper studying the differences between humans and chimps.

Satirical newspaper The Onion has an article on the usefulness of DNA testing.

This Week in Science

Science showcases glaucoma, label-free molecular detection, and a new systems biology book.

A blogger says that perhaps the fitness cost of antibiotic resistance to bacteria is the signal peptide.

Gene duplication seems to protect against deleterious mutations, researchers find.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on genetic discrimination, China's drug industry, histone methylation patterns, and more.

HHMI and JCB go head to head.

Wired ranks the "Best Dangerous Science Jobs."

A VentureBeat article says real personalized medicine won't be with us for a long time, but the early stages of the field took a tiny step forward with a new AIDS drug.

A new study finds a genetic variation linked to ADHD that also predicts which children will outgrow the disorder.

Keith Robison remembers the early days of restriction endonucleases.

Another cloning first: a fourth-generation cloned pig.

Personalized medicine? This article says so-called ethnic drugs don't treat based on true genetic variation among individuals.

Chris Mooney says preconceptions, not critical thinking, drives the Bush administration's stance on science.

A blogger asks for pictures of his readers' science-related tattoos.

Drug companies stand to gain by funding biomedical research.

A blogger links to a ballad on polony sequencing. Forgive us.

Jonathan Eisen blogs on why medical professionals should get more evolution education than most medical schools currently offer.

Scientists recovered 60-million-year-old microbes from an Antarctic glacier -- and woke them up.

Score one for subscription-based publications: this blog post details an open-access trial that didn't work out.

NSF looks set to award IBM a contract to build the world's fastest supercomputer.


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.

Two postdocs and a PhD hosted a panel discussion at Memorial Sloan Kettering on career advancement in science and what researchers can expect when they leave the lab.