The Scan

Vaccines R Us

Biotech startup Genocea shoots to design cheap, easy-to-produce vaccines against agents like TB, HIV, or malaria.

MIT's Technology Review offers the first half of an article focused on next-gen sequencing.

A blogger suggests that for this community, scientists could play the degrees-of-separation game by figuring out how closely they connect to Baylor's Richard Gibbs.

With the era of full genome sequencing a little more than 10 years old -- and possibly coming to a close, according to rumors -- blogger Keith Robison reflects on the successes, and what's needed, in the field.

Though it has not said it would consider legal action about this, Microsoft announced that Linux and other open-source programs violate more than 200 of its patents.

A New York Times article details the growing debate over genetic testing of fetuses and its connection to the use of abortion.

Wikipedia and Science

A blogger muses on if Wikipedia can be both a general resource and a resource for experts.

A quick fix while we wait for personalized medicine: home health tests.

New York state expands its DNA criminal database.

Researchers find over 200 proteins interacting with huntingtin.

This Week in Science

This week, Science has new NAS members, thoughts from the presidential science advisor, and genome-wide association studies.

An article talks about fighting the next potential pandemic.

New research by neuroscientists suggests that morality has a biological basis, according to this Wall Street Journal article.

Researchers hope to open up the field of molecular biology to the blind.

This Week in Nature

GTO scans today's issue of Nature.

Will New York become the next biotech cluster?

Follow the DNA Road

BRCA2 is painted on a path in the English countryside.

If everything had gone smoothly, how quickly would you have gotten your degree?

Massachusetts may fund a new stem cell and RNAi center.

Why have the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act?

MIT's Technology Review makes next-gen sequencing cool in this recent feature story.

Omics! Omics! wonders where the next biotech cluster will develop.

Researchers at Temple University create a yeast biosensor to detect explosives.

Human embryonic stem cells help rodents with their damaged blood vessels.

George Weinstock writes about the year of the personalized genome.


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.