The Scan

The Tanning Gene

A tumor-suppressor gene helps people with their suntans.

This Week in Science

GTO scans today's issue of Science.

Neuroscience Rocks

This article profiles a group of neuroscientists who formed a rock band in New York City.

A Gaggle of GPCRs

New findings reveal eight novel GPCR peptide ligands.

This Week in Nature

GTO scans today's edition of Nature.

Ever wondered about the difference between head lice and other kinds of lice? Neither did we, but this article reports on recent findings of a lice comparison DNA analysis.

A paper in PLoS Computational Biology checks into gene duplication and alternative splicing.

High achieving tendencies lose to evolution's indifference.

A column in the latest Newsweek tracks why people think the patent process is "broken" and what's being done about it.

Winemaker Ernest Gallo, whose philanthropy started a neuroscience center at the University of California, San Francisco, died yesterday.

The British government is taking back 68 million pounds earmarked for research programs to cover the costs of nuclear and auto problems.

A new pilot project at the US Patent and Trademark Office gives a Wiki-style venue for the public to comment on innovations.

Improvements in DNA analysis technology are getting people downright comfortable with things like paternity testing.

The Bad Seed

A certain kind of rice seed, not developed as a genetically modified organism, has shown up in tests as containing unapproved genetic material.

Comedy show the Colbert Report had Craig Venter as a guest.

This month's issue of The Scientist included results of its survey on best places to work, as ranked by postdocs.

An article from the New York Times weekend magazine looks into how evolutionary biologists are studying the origins of religion.

Render Unto Caesar...

The Flags and Lollipops blog reviews a new candidate gene prioritization method.

This Week in Science

GTO scans today's edition of Science.

Clamoring for Access

The open access movement takes another step forward with a petition for free access to data from government-funded research.

A satirical news site predicts that scientists will attempt to map the genome of God.

A New York Times article documents concerns about the ethics around the ever-growing jurisdiction of IRBs.

This Week in Nature

GTO rounds up the relevant reads in today's edition of Nature.

A new blog gives tips on designing better graphs.

Time's science blogger muses on "the illusion we all have that things will go on pretty much as they are now."


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.