The Scan

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.

The Wall Street Journal has an article on the rise of social networking in professional circles.

A blogger looks to move beyond proteins in small molecule therapeutics.

A new red fluorescent protein enables live cell imaging in deep tissue.

This Week in Nature

Nature reports on GINA and the military, the flexibility of the genetic code, lab mice haplotypes, and more.

Researchers look at the genetic evolution of the MHC in the duck-billed platypus.

The PISD Coalition website cleverly spoofs the anti-open-access PRISM effort.

A blogger waxes philosophical about being a scientist.

Blogger Sandra Porter gives a shout out to the helpful core lab folks at ABRF.

Two members of a law firm post on the difficulties facing small biotechs in the current patent environment.

DNA Banking Bazaar

A couple of bloggers take on issues with DNA banking.

Steven Salzberg says the journal Nature should not cover religion.

Next time you're in the UK, think twice before you surf a wireless network.

GMO isn't the only way to tweak plants; radiation breeding has widespread worldwide use.

T. Ryan Gregory uses a blog post to clear up what he says are misconceptions about advisors encouraging their grad students to publish.

A news article says that the use of animals in research at universities is on the rise, while industry has been able to cut back.

A news article profiles a biotech-for-kiddies program run by Bayer.

At last, a video for at-home DNA extraction. Phew.

Jonathan Eisen's latest blog post represents a broad disbelief over a new anti-open-access program.

Researchers use Multiple Sample Analysis to map concordant genomic abnormalities in cancer tumors.

Today in Science

Science highlights university rankings, the COMPETES Act, gender and genes, and more.

The Economist has an article on the likely effects of genomics on the health insurance and medical privacy landscape.

The Wellcome Trust hopes to spur the Sanger Institute with funds and a new leader.

From the front page of the Wall Street Journal, a profile of the DNA-hunting paleontologist Jack Horner.


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.