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What Do the Nobels Say About the State of American Science?

At Terra Sigillata, blogger Abel Pharmboy wonders about the state of American science. The physiology or medicine Nobel winners this year were all European as were the physics winners, he writes. At Pharyngula, PZ Myers says, "I'm going to go way out here on a limb and say the obvious: it means nothing at all." Myers adds that the current Nobel winners did their award-winning work decades ago so that they can only tell us about science during the 70s and 80s.

The Scan

Transcriptomic, Epigenetic Study Appears to Explain Anti-Viral Effects of TB Vaccine

Researchers report in Science Advances on an interferon signature and long-term shifts in monocyte cell DNA methylation in Bacille Calmette-Guérin-vaccinated infant samples.

DNA Storage Method Taps Into Gene Editing Technology

With a dual-plasmid system informed by gene editing, researchers re-wrote DNA sequences in E. coli to store Charles Dickens prose over hundreds of generations, as they recount in Science Advances.

Researchers Model Microbiome Dynamics in Effort to Understand Chronic Human Conditions

Investigators demonstrate in PLOS Computational Biology a computational method for following microbiome dynamics in the absence of longitudinally collected samples.

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.