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The Scan

A blogger open eyes to the open source alternative to CVS.

Keith Robison discusses an underappreciated property of RNAi.

A report finds that the US FDA is inadequate in looking out for the safety of people who participate in clinical trials.

Researchers look at the correlation between tandem repeats and morphological variation.

A blogger offers alternatives to life at the bench.

Comparisons of mtDNA show that Neanderthals covered larger geographical range than previously assumed.

The 2007 MacArthur Foundation Fellows are named.

Juan Enriquez says in an essay in the Wall Street Journal that the solution to the energy crisis will have to come from biology.

Taking Back DNA

Cook Islanders want control back over their DNA.

A clinician ponders the practical use of genetic tests.

Even More PLoS

PLoS launches the PLoS Hub for Clinical Trials.

Big pharma companies set up the International Serious Adverse Events Consortium.

Chris Smither wryly sings about making people.

The Omics! Omics! blog wonders what "Sanger sequencing" really means.

Science this week tackles testing mathematics and science students, the Giardia genome, and the mitochondrial genome of the Siberian mammoth.

A blogger posts about what makes him a happy bioinformaticist.

An interview with James Watson reveals some uncanny insights.

Scientists say they were tricked into appearing in a film promoting intelligent design.

GTO reports on Zerhouni's address to NIH postdoc, research, and clinical fellows.

A blogger thinks out loud about retrotransposons and adaptive evolution.

Hey, I'm 3D, Too!

Brown University researchers invent a new 3D petri dish.

Geneticists link 350 genes to infertility in women and a blogger asks why they didn't just do a whole genome association study.

Nature reports on the sequence of a grapevine, high school science education, South Africa, and more.

FFPE samples are as good as fresh frozen ones for miRNA expression profiling studies, researchers find.

Actor Ben Affleck will be participating in the Genographic Project.


A proposed rule would deem graduate students at private institutions to not be employees, which ScienceInsider reports might affect unionization efforts.

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.