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The Scan

Despite company policies and pending laws, personal health and other information can still be accidentally leaked.

NYT profiles Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of biotech company 23andme, which recently got a major investment from Google.

The NIH establishes a new division to study alternative medicine -- to the chagrin of one scientist.

Genome-wide studies find additional loci associated with breast cancer.

This New York Times article describes some of the unique methods Google is using to compete for recruits with computer science or engineering backgrounds.

A blogger finds that there's rising debate about open access and genetic privacy.

An article from the Washington Post highlights the growing concerns among scientists over NIH's funding crunch.

Several of Newsweek's international editions feature Craig Venter on the cover for an article exploring synthetic biology.

Using mouse models, geneticists move toward studying networks of genes that cause disease.

This Week in Science

GTO scans today's issue of Science.

Researchers create a holographic person, complete with the anatomy, genome data, tissue types, and chemistry of a real person.

This Week in Nature

Nature delves into epigenetics, circadian gene expression, and riboswitches.

A DNA database is being established to reunite Holocaust victims.

New studies look into the accuracy of published research.

Google invests in a biotech start-up.

Journalists probe the Encyclopedia of Life project.

Stanley Miller, pioneer in the study of the origins of life, dies at 77.

Systems biology can play a role in tackling warming challenges.

A second installment of a series of articles on next-gen sequencing technologies looks to future applications.

Scientists help define the ARFome.

Researchers sequence the genome of the yellow- and dengue-fever carrying mosquito.

A blogger's take on math and biology.

Bar Science

Scientists speak in a Seattle pub.

The Boston Globe discusses genome-wide association studies.

The Evilutionary Biologist blog has a couple of posts on the open-access petition and storing data in DNA.


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.