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The Scan

In PNAS this week: analysis of extensively drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain, regulation of obesity-linked gene, and more.

Issues From the Start

Science reports a German university found evidence that a researcher who developed a controversial blood test for breast cancer committed misconduct.

In an op-ed at the Washington Post, the University of Pennsylvania's Ravi Parikh writes that research conducted by for-profit companies shouldn't be overlooked.

Now For Whiskers, Too

Wired reviews a new cat DNA testing service, but notes cats are less studied than dogs, affecting how much data can be provided.

In PLOS this week: RAPGEF6 gene insertion linked to laryngeal paralysis in Miniature Bull Terriers, colorectal cancer risk among Zimbabweans, and more.

Not Making the Move

The US National Institutes of Health says 44 chimpanzees are too frail to move to a retirement sanctuary.

Two researchers have uncovered ways that users of genetic genealogy sites could be susceptible to "genetic hacking."

Unable to Go

NPR reports that visa issues have prevented a number of researchers from attending this year's Society for Neuroscience meeting in the US.

In Science this week: a review says lifestyles of industrialized societies may be threatening needed gut microbial communities, and more.

Harder to Find

Law enforcement officials say that changes to genetic genealogy databases have limited their ability to track down some suspects, NBC News reports.

Mice whose gut microbiomes have been disrupted are unable to overcome fear conditioning, New Scientist says.

A new study finds women are less likely than men to write invited commentaries in medical journals.

In Nature this week: pan-cancer study of metastatic solid tumors, genetic variants associated with range of traits cluster by region in the UK, and more.

Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

Retraction Watch reports that a series of tweets led to expression of concern for a PLOS Genetics paper, a move the paper's authors disagree with.

Researchers have sequenced pumas from North and South America to enable better identification of inbreeding, Cosmos magazine reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: ways to find cell death or proliferation signatures, Han Chinese population genome database, and more.

Bernard Fisher Dies

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Just Another Diet

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.

Russian CRISPR researcher moves along with plans to ultimately alter the genes of embryos of deaf couples, though awaits regulatory approval, Nature News reports.

Up And At 'Em

University of California, San Francisco, researchers have uncovered a gene mutations that appears to make a father-son duo more efficient sleepers.

Coverage Begins

NPR reports a large health insurer has begun to cover some pharmacogenetic tests for psychiatric drugs.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of non-syndromic orofacial cleft subtypes, epigenetic and transcriptomic analysis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and more.

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ScienceInsider reports that rude and unprofessional paper reviewers are common and can have harmful effects.

The US Senate has confirmed Stephen Hahn as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, according to the New York Times.

CNBC reports Apple is partnering with Color Genomics to offer its employees free DNA screening for disease.

In Science this week: researchers use CRISPR tool to find gut microbiome molecules involved in immunity, and more.