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The Scan

WHO warns that infectious diseases are spreading faster than ever. Scientists, prepare yourselves.

Nature talks about tenured positions, RNAi, the CME pathway, and more.

Genome Boy'

One of the Personal Genome Project subjects starts his own blog and explains his motivation for participating.

Lab Meetings, Online

A blogger discusses how to make lab meetings virtual.

Analysis of patent applications reveals a potential "reverse brain drain."

A blogger talks about why biology papers need long author lists.

Scientists create genotype graphs to study evolutionary innovation.

A blogger learns that reprocessing chromatograms with phred actually degrades the analytical accuracy.

One blogger's predictions of 10 hot job markets in 2012 includes several fields near and dear to our hearts.

A newswire article rounds up research in synthetic biology.

Scientists discover that misfoldings in an ancient hormone receptor gave rise to a protein with a new shape and function.

Try, Try, Try Again

A blogger returns from the ashes of a broken memory card to fix his programming problem.

The blog Effect Measure weighs in on the news that David Schwartz has temporarily stepped aside as NIEHS director.

Don't Read. Just Vote

It's your chance to help defend the Human Genome Project!

Following on the heels of the tightlipped 23andMe, a company launches to bring genotyping to the mass market.

Jonathan Eisen points out a press release that oversells genomics on what was otherwise a perfectly respectable study of gene expression in sharks.

The debate continues on whether biologists need computer programming skills.

Let's Go to the Video

A blogger describes SciVee, one of the latest science-focused video sites to launch.

Science reports on translational medicine, ultra-conserved genomic sequences, HIV, and more.

Freeman Dyson writes about heresy and science.

Amgen announces massive layoffs in response to declining drug sales.

The FDA steps up for personalized medicine.

A blogger expounds on why controls are necessary in biological research.

Chinese pigs are coming down with blue-ear disease.

Nature reports on evolving enzymes, computational biology, Nina Fedoroff, and more.


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.