Blog Buzz: August 4 – August 10

Interesting news from the blogs and elsewhere this week…

Jonathan Eisen over at The Tree of Life gives a great analysis of the new Google Scholar “Updates” feature and gives it a 9.4 out of 10 when it comes to sifting through science literature for relevant content! Here’s more information from the official Google Scholar Blog.

Scientists at the University of Wyoming have discovered a possible new way to target certain genes for anti-cancer therapy using nematode worms. They used worms that carried a gene mutation “similar to one that is inactivated in some human cancers”. The gene is thought to be linked to tumor progression and cancer cell growth. LabSpaces has more about the study.

Have you noticed? In its latest issue, NLM’s Technical Bulletin highlights updates to PubMed Central, now known as PMC, and gives details about the popular site’s cleaner, more organized feel. Check out what’s new and improved.

To continue our coverage of the Open Access debate… Bo-Christer Björk and David Solomon have published “Open access versus subscription journals: a comparison of scientific impact.” As an open access article itself, perhaps not surprisingly, it is available for free from BMC Medicine.