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Metabolite Trail

The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

Not Meeting Standards

The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.

Just a Few Changes...

A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.

In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.

New Reagent Needed

Quality control checks uncover reagent flaw in some 2019-nCoV testing kits sent by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Retraction Watch reports that a fourth paper linked to the STAP stem cell scandal has now been retraction.

To Find a Reason

A Columbia University doctor is seeking to use nanopore sequencing to uncover the cause of recurrent miscarriages, reports NBC News.

In Nature this week: review of scientific, technical, and ethical aspects of therapeutic genome editing; fitness consequence map for rice; and more.

Odd Little Virus

Researchers in Brazil have uncovered a virus that infects amoebas that is unlike any known virus, Live Science reports.

NPR reports on how new genetic tools may speed 2019-nCoV vaccine development.

TechCrunch reports that a California state senator is introducing a bill to increase the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies.

In Genome Research this week: analysis of gene regulation in primates, direct RNA sequencing of C. elegans, more.

The Trump Administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 calls for an 8 percent cut to the US National Institutes of Health budget.

Not This Trial

Two experimental drugs were unable to slow or prevent Alzheimer's disease among people at high genetic risk, the Associated Press reports.

Slower Times

CNBC discusses factors contributing to the state of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. 

In PNAS this week: immune gene expression differences in blood of young adults, molecular contributors to cells' microtubule and actin networks, and more.

The genome of a woolly mammoth from an isolated population exhibits a number of deleterious mutations, according to Gizmodo.

More Charges

According to NBC News, a former Emory professor who was fired last year for failing to disclose income from China is facing federal charges.

Tapering Suit

ScienceInsider reports six researchers are suing the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research for "tapering" their funding. 

In PLOS this week: signs of selection on microRNA targets, HPV sequences as markers of cervical cancer, and more.

Stanley Cohen Dies

Stanley Cohen who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of growth factors has died, according to the Tennessean.

New Scientist reports that cancer patients treated with immune cells that underwent CRISPR-based gene editing exhibited no serious side effects.

Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who tried to warn others about a mysterious illness, has died of the coronavirus, the Guardian reports.

In Science this week: phase I study of CRISPR-based engineering of T cells for cancer patients, call for sewage-based global antimicrobial resistance surveillance system, and more.

Ancestry Layoffs

Ancestry is laying off about 6 percent of its workforce due to a decline in customer demand.

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The Economist reports that it is increasingly easier to analyze the metabolites people give off, potentially revealing personal information about them.

A controversial paper on the gender gap in science has been corrected, according to BuzzFeed News.

The Los Angeles Times reports that only a third of California students meet the state's new science standards.

In Science this week: evidence of interbreeding between the ancestors of West Africans and an unknown archaic human, and more.