The Scan

Ireland leads the way in European life sciences investments.

A blogger is unhappy with PloS One.

And the Winner Is...

Three scientists win the Nobel Prize in medicine for creating knockout mice.

J. Craig Venter plans to announce the creation of an artificial chromosome.

This Week in Science

Science has cell signaling, Sputnik, and more.

A blogger publishes his original research on a blog.

Microsoft launches HealthVault, an online database of patient health information.

So Much for New Ideas

Pfizer names a new R&D chief, opens a biotech unit.

A blog says that increased money for biodefense research should mean more money for safety oversight.

A Wall Street Journal article reports on the key players in next-gen sequencing.

The folks at TWiT TV post the first of a two-part conversation with George Church.

Scientists lend too much weight to impact factors, blogs GrrlScientist.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on Sputnik, Russian science, Rad4, and more.

IBM researchers have an early-stage idea for a new type of memory device.

A blogger introduces his personalized medicine practice to the world.

A recent metagenomics article is the subject of testing PLoS ONE's comment system by Jonathan Eisen.

A blogger open eyes to the open source alternative to CVS.

Keith Robison discusses an underappreciated property of RNAi.

A report finds that the US FDA is inadequate in looking out for the safety of people who participate in clinical trials.

Researchers look at the correlation between tandem repeats and morphological variation.

A blogger offers alternatives to life at the bench.

Comparisons of mtDNA show that Neanderthals covered larger geographical range than previously assumed.

The 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellows are named.

Juan Enriquez says in an essay in the Wall Street Journal that the solution to the energy crisis will have to come from biology.

Taking Back DNA

Cook Islanders want control back over their DNA.


A new analysis finds that better grant-writing skills may help early-career researchers stay funded and stay in academia.

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.