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The Scan

Readers write to the New York Times expressing views on progress in the fight against cancer.

A blogger reviews the month of bioinformatics blogs and other news.

The demand for H-1B visas was so high this year that the US immigration department stopped accepting applications after the first submission day.

DNA barcoding provides insight into the whole genome.

Several authors wonder, is the blockbuster model dying?

Stem Cells Push Back

Legislators attempt to lighten restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research.

A Q&A with Peter Covitz focuses on IT needs for the Cancer Genome Atlas.

Biotech firms are complaining there aren’t enough scientists to hire.

James Watson asks for the "bad" parts of his genome to be left out.

How far will amateur genealogists go in pursuit of that DNA sample?

This Week in Science

GTO scans today's edition of Science.

Bibliographic Nirvana

Neil Saunders blogs about the free scientific typesetting software called LaTeX.

A blogger runs through what the Roche buyout of 454 means to the community.

Two Decades of Bionet

An online biologists' user group celebrates its 20th birthday.

A philosopher suggests that lab classes are expendable.

This Week in Nature

GTO scans today's edition of Nature.

A feature story in Scientific American looks at the genetics behind alcoholism.

Scientists in the UK have a theory about why we're not all attractive. Um, thanks.

Claire Fraser-Liggett resigns from TIGR, but mum's the word on her future plans.

The 'father of MRI' dies at 77.

The Twenty-Year Gap

A new study indicates that Darwin's publishing delay wasn't related to concerns about the church.

Going through the tenure process is funny. Really.

NYT profiles researchers advancing the state of the art in lifelike robotics.

Pondering that MBA

Can't get enough years in school? An executive asks the Wall Street Journal if he should get an MBA.

A New York Times article chronicles the past few decades of science students who killed their advisors.


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.