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The Scan

DNA analysis helps wildlife experts trace origins of contraband ivory.

Researchers find a gene whose variations correlate with performance IQ scores.

A 2002 study using adult stem cells may be flawed.

Two new studies make headway for therapeutics.

Researchers finish a draft of the North American plague’s genome.

A Mutt No More

The latest gene-testing app doesn't hunt for cancer; it tells you the breed of your dog.

This Week in Science

GTO rounds up the relevant reads in today's Science.

New research could help make liposuctioned stem cells a reliable way to regrow tissue.

This Week in Nature

GTO rounds up the relevant reads in today's edition of Nature.

Bacterial Computing

Organic computing takes a step forward through bacteria.

AJAX is good for bioinformatics web apps, too!

A PLoS Biology paper reports on DNA packing mechanisms. Not convinced? We've got a video, too.

Researchers design a simple genomic test to tell two cancers apart.

Hungry No More

MIT professor James Sherley ends his 12-day hunger strike without attaining tenure.

On the Dole

California’s dreaming about stem cell research, to the tune of $45 million.

By Any Other Name…

A large-scale genetic testing project has had an impact on bird families.

For your wall of the weird, here's a guy suing a school board and claiming to have found the missing link.

A flurry of articles is stirring up concerns about gene patents and genetic testing. What are we to make of this?

Biofuel Gaining Steam

Reports from the AAAS meeting and an announcement from the BP energy company indicate that biofuel research is advancing rapidly.

NIH officials offer a lengthy explanation of The Cancer Genome Atlas for the mainstream public.

This Week in Science

GTO rounds up the relevant articles in today's Science.

The Personal Genome blog says, what if genetic privacy laws are actually a bad thing?

A fungal genome blog takes a stand on the Wiki world.

AAAS kicks off its annual meeting today in San Francisco.

All Hail Open Source

This blog post is an open source love letter to Jim Kent for his work to make scientific data freely accessible.


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.