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W3C is looking for ideas for the Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences groups.

A blogger explains master control genes.

A bill to change the US patent system passed the House. A blogger comments.

Tech Review reports on research that could prolong cell life.

The Economist writes about the Barcode of Life Initiative.

A new biomarker diagnostic rolls out in the UK, serving as a microcosm of the field.

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.

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.

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 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.