The Scan

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 clinician ponders the practical use of genetic tests.

Even More PLoS

PLoS launches the PLoS Hub for Clinical Trials.

Big pharma companies set up the International Serious Adverse Events Consortium.

Chris Smither wryly sings about making people.

The Omics! Omics! blog wonders what "Sanger sequencing" really means.

This Week in Science

Science this week tackles testing mathematics and science students, the Giardia genome, and the mitochondrial genome of the Siberian mammoth.

A blogger posts about what makes him a happy bioinformaticist.

An interview with James Watson reveals some uncanny insights.

Scientists say they were tricked into appearing in a film promoting intelligent design.

GTO reports on Zerhouni's address to NIH postdoc, research, and clinical fellows.

A blogger thinks out loud about retrotransposons and adaptive evolution.

Hey, I'm 3D, Too!

Brown University researchers invent a new 3D petri dish.

Geneticists link 350 genes to infertility in women and a blogger asks why they didn't just do a whole genome association study.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on the sequence of a grapevine, high school science education, South Africa, and more.

FFPE samples are as good as fresh frozen ones for miRNA expression profiling studies, researchers find.

Actor Ben Affleck will be participating in the Genographic Project.

A blogger calls for dark data to be freed.

A blogger elaborates on the efforts of government-sponsored post-genomic projects.


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.

Gene editing is expected to give rise to new job opportunities, according to BBC Capital.

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