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The Scan

Nathan Wolfe spends his days looking for the next great viral epidemic.

A group at Stanford and UCSC posit a non-junk role for lots of junk DNA.

At least one oddsmaker is already encouraging bets on who will win a Nobel Prize this fall.

They live on, around, and within us. Isn't it time we got to know our microbial neighbors?

Susan Lindquist sits down for a chat with the New York Times.

Nancy Wexler wins an award from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

ChIP-chip studies on Arabidopsis reveal a primary gene silencing mechanism.

Not only do genomes make up organisms, but they also make pretty quilts.

The Wall Street Journal looks into plans to provide coverage for 45 million people in the US who lack health insurance.

A new study questions the benefits of using volunteers for clinical trials.

An article from the Economist checks into evolutionary biology studies using protein interaction data.

Here’s what not to miss in this week’s issue.

GTO scans today's issue of Nature.

The Onion offers a tongue-in-cheek story about how unemployed stem cell biologists keep themselves occupied.

A new report indicates that breast cancer rates continue to drop, but includes confusing data about a corresponding drop in diagnosis.

An Internet pioneer reflects on the good, the bad, and the ugly to have come out of the Web.

A PLoS paper describes fecundity-affecting bacteria with a twist.

An obituary for Frank Westheimer, a leader in chemistry and biochemistry.

British satire takes on US President Bush and his lineage with a genomic edge.

Intel announces its new processors, which could give a 45 percent performance boost over the latest chips.

Women on the Run

It seems female students can't get away from computer science fast enough.

Blogger Pedro Beltrao reports on his recent stint at a systems biology journal.

Hackers have learned to target the VoIP service offered by Skype, introducing a new worm.

MS vs PhD

Blogger Derek Lowe talks about the pros and cons of getting that doctorate.

An opinion piece from the Washington Post discusses "over-diagnosis" and why the best test for cancer won't actually find all of it.


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.

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.