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The Scan

A column says that Google's entry into medical records and the rise of companies like 23andMe is unlikely to be in the best interests of consumers.

This Week in Science

Science has dogs, miRNA targets, and more in this week's issue.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin are said to have violated safety regulations in work with Ebola.

This Week in Nature

Nature this week reports on the Max Planck in Florida, biosimilars, H. erectus, and more.

A discussion of the future of graduate students and post-docs takes place on a blog.

Blogger Hsien posts salary data for some positions in the genomics field.

A blogger says that APIs could help bioinformaticians spend less time on data formatting.

Personalized medicine is likely paving the way for more malpractice lawsuits, according to this blog post.

PLoS One Round-Up

This week's edition of PLoS One has whooping cough, congenital myasthenic syndromes, and more.

Derek Lowe opines about all those compounds that serve as great foundational research even though they won't be used as therapeutics themselves.

BioMed Central embraces social networking.

A blogger muses on the best reasons to be a scientist.

This NYT article looks into whether evolution helped form human morality.

Dawkins! No, Collins!

In a Wired survey, you get to decide who wins the faith-versus-science argument: Francis Collins or Richard Dawkins.

A blogger says research universities churn out scientists much faster than the funding system can absorb them.

Harvard says its new science center will cut greenhouse gas emissions well below federally mandated levels.

A blogger takes challenges what he sees as a pejorative use of the term "junk DNA."

A survey tests your ability to distinguish between computer programmers and serial killers.

A high-performance computer is powered by bicyclists.

A bevy of articles contend that science is chock-full of mistakes.

Former Millennium honchos start up a new venture fund.

A blogger wants Congress to refund the Office of Technology Assessment.

Stop Calling it Junk!

Geneticists find that "junk" DNA is actually evolving.

This Week in Science

Science has starch genes, geek camp, and more in this week's issue.

Personalized medicine needs good genomic data to move the field forward.


At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.

Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

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.