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For Fans of "Dancing with the Stars"

Today's the last day to enter the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Dance Your PhD" contest. The contest is open to anyone with or pursuing a PhD in science or a related field and to apply, researchers need to upload a video of their dance to YouTube and email the link to AAAS. Videos already uploaded include styles as vaired as the lindy hop and ballet, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The winners will get to perform at the AAAS annual meeting in February.


The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.