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The Scan

Biogen Idec may be on the market, and Carl Icahn is already in talks to buy.

The recent science winners were European; are Americans slacking off?

Sequencing in China

Chinese researchers map a Chinese person's genome; plan to do the panda genome next.

Science has persistent itch, chlamydomonas, metagenomics, and more.

Roche CEO confident in bid.

Graduate students launch a site to evaluate published journal articles.

Keith Robison found a proposal to sequence three long-lived mammals' genomes.

This week's Nature has stem cells, gene duplication and evolution, and miRNAs.

It's Likelihood-Free

An article in PLoS Computational Biology describes a new computational way to look at biological networks.

MIT's OpenCourseWare project has nearly 2000 courses available online.

GTO went to Paradise and found, well, Craig Venter. A report from GME.

Journal Club discussions at PLoS ONE take off.

A PNAS article says adding sticky overhangs to siRNAs increases their stability and gene silencing.

Nobel Prize winner Martin Evans' talk is cancelled.

A blogger tallies the expense of tracing one's genealogical roots.

The 2007 winners of the Ig Nobels are announced.

Carl Zimmer sets things straight.

A blogger lists conference faux pas.

Ireland leads the way in European life sciences investments.

A blogger is unhappy with PloS One.

And the Winner Is...

Three scientists win the Nobel Prize in medicine for creating knockout mice.

J. Craig Venter plans to announce the creation of an artificial chromosome.

Science has cell signaling, Sputnik, and more.

A blogger publishes his original research on a blog.

Microsoft launches HealthVault, an online database of patient health information.


A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.

A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.

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