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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.

YouTube goes mass spec with this video from Cold Spring Harbor.

This week, Science reins in behavioral science with editorials, surveys, and papers.

Nature discusses biomedical philanthropies, the end of the HapMap, and competing plant genomes.

Bioinformatics is helping to determine what makes proteins evolve at certain rates.

The Darwin Correspondence Project is now online.

Vaccines R Us

Biotech startup Genocea shoots to design cheap, easy-to-produce vaccines against agents like TB, HIV, or malaria.

MIT's Technology Review offers the first half of an article focused on next-gen sequencing.

A blogger suggests that for this community, scientists could play the degrees-of-separation game by figuring out how closely they connect to Baylor's Richard Gibbs.

With the era of full genome sequencing a little more than 10 years old -- and possibly coming to a close, according to rumors -- blogger Keith Robison reflects on the successes, and what's needed, in the field.

Though it has not said it would consider legal action about this, Microsoft announced that Linux and other open-source programs violate more than 200 of its patents.

A New York Times article details the growing debate over genetic testing of fetuses and its connection to the use of abortion.

Wikipedia and Science

A blogger muses on if Wikipedia can be both a general resource and a resource for experts.


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.

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.