The Scan

This Week in Science

In today's Science: a special section on social cogntion, a genome-wide associtiaon study for glaucome, the sequencing of Fusarium graminearum, and more.

Magnetic nanoparticles can detect pathogens earlier than current methods.

Researchers have discovered a uniquely folded, outer mitochondrial membrane protein.

Billionaires just can't get a break. This NYT article looks at philanthropists like Eli Broad and how their donations take a toll on tax revenue.

Keith Robison blogs about toxicogenomics, a field that once seemed promising but so far hasn't panned out.

This Week in Nature

Nature covers Venter, ultraconserved sequences, Neanderthals, and more in this week's issue.

The Guardian has an article on scientists trying to build portable mass spec machines.

Researchers find that ultraconserved elements may not be essential genetic code.

A blogger shares tips on how to write a good paper.

Researchers announce genes for height and weight.

The co-founder of Science Commons publishes a piece in FT about how science hasn't proven to be truly Web-worthy yet.

The publication of Venter's genome has the media and blog world buzzing.

Microsoft is pursuing OOXML as a standard document format.

A blogger discusses a new paper on genetic genealogy.

The New York Times profiles a new effort to understand OPMD, a genetic disease prevalent in Quebec and also among Hispanics in northern New Mexico.

A blogger links to a video interview with Michael Ashburner on why you should be publishing in open-access journals.

A Web post recounts the latest disappointments and management losses at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Eisen is at it again -- this time recognizing scientists who (without proper evidence) provide adaptationist arguments for any number of unexpected genomic observations.

In a weirdly timed press conference, scientists will discuss the genome of J. Craig Venter, to be published in PLoS Biology tomorrow.

Federal comparative drug studies will be misleading, says Scott Gottlieb.

A new database rounds up useful biological numbers.

Jonathan Eisen takes on PRISM and much of the US's publishers.

A survey from the Pew Research Center says that the public tends to have high regard for science, but when it clashes with faith-based beliefs, faith wins.

This Week in Science

Science this week tackles genome transfers, data storage, miRNAs in Parkinson's, and more.

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


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.