Too Close to Home

Surely this is not how Jay Blankenbeckler expected to spend his 15 minutes of celebrity. An article from Time about the wildfires in California focuses on how Blankenbeckler, identified as a biotech manager at Invitrogen, and his family managed to escape the rapidly advancing fires. If you've been having trouble relating to what Californians are going through this week, the article gives a clear description of the spreading danger, confusion, and panic.

 

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A federal grand jury has indicted Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh Balwani for alleged wire fraud in conjunction with their activities at Theranos.

Nature News reports that some developers are nervous about GitHub's acquisition by Microsoft.

A direct-to-consumer genetic testing company sent out used spit kits, CNBC reports.

In PLOS this week: comparison of commercial bisulfite kits, new method to predict essential proteins, and more