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The Scan

Researchers found a gene for left-handedness that also slightly increases the risk of schizophrenia.

An economic professor studies gender differences in negotiating money in the workplace.

Odile Crick, wife of Francis, died earlier this month at 86.

GTO sister pub InSequence has the names of eight other volunteers participating in the Personal Genome Project.

A postdoc from the University of Missouri is found to have altered photos in a paper that ran last year in Science.

It's official: DNA-based music has been patented. Next up: partnership with iTunes?

The Wall Street Journal profiles the 1,000-scientist-strong International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.

This Week in Science

Science reports on drug development in China, spring-loaded DNA unwinding, gene expression noise, and more.

Blogger Rob Knop points out inconsistencies in the tenure process.

Clinical trials registries gain traction.

A blog post runs through arguments for and against peer review, noting that some fields are seeing declining review papers and growth in self-publishing online.

Diagnostics for TB haven't been improved upon in years, but this article from Wired says change is on the way.

Evolutionary biologists sequence the mitochondrial genome of the mastodon, an extinct ancestor of elephants.

This Week in Nature

Nature takes on the University of California, talks to "Roadmap czar" Alan Krensky of the NIH, and reports on childhood asthma.

A Stanford bioengineer has created a device to sequence a single bacterial cell's genome.

A blogger discusses the concept of "wrongful birth" -- a legal issue picking up steam as in utero genetic testing becomes more commonplace.

VCs are pouring record amounts of money into the life sciences industry this year, including biotech, medical devices, and healthcare.

A blogger continues her discussion of different careers in biotechnology.

It had to happen at some point: Jonathan Eisen reports that in the past week, the Bush administration has been good to biology.

Free At Last

After eight years, two trials, a death sentence, and much bargaining, the six medical workers held in Libya are free.

Missouri law protects stem cell research but does not fund it.

Scientists create mice that can resist and reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Epigenetics finally gets the limelight on the ScienceNow show on PBS.

Paper authors say Cyanidioschyzon merolae is the first completely sequenced eukaryote, but a blogger disagrees.

As medicine reaches a whole new stage thanks to genomics, medical ethics is facing a "2.0" version of its own, says the Personal Genome blog.


Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.

A new analysis by Northwestern University researchers finds that female and male first-time PIs receive differing amounts of funding.

Some 43 percent of new mothers and 23 percent of new fathers leave full-time employment in STEM in the years after having a child, Science Careers says.

STEM professors' views on intelligence affect students' success, a new study finds.