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A postdoc and blogger at Candid Engineer in Academia suggests that "if assistant professors were drafted the same way as players in the NFL," tenure-track candidates could be evaluated by "some kind of ranking, and difficult-to-decipher stats," like their h-index, or an algorithm to determine their overall efficiency.

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Nature News reports on the US National Science Foundation's investigations of undisclosed foreign ties among researchers it funds.

Researchers have developed a set of 10 principles to guide how a list of all species on earth should be put together, the Guardian reports.

Wired reports on a new firm developing a gene writing approach for therapeutic genome changes.

In Nature this week: a method called cis-X combines whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing data to identify regulatory noncoding variants, and more.