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The Scan

In PLOS this week: rare alterations in Timothy syndrome, analysis of twins' gut microbiomes, and more.

Oh, You're Aging Well

Certain plasma proteins could be used to gauge a person's age and whether they are aging well, according to HealthDay News.

Sweet Assembly

A Brazilian-led team of researchers reports it has generated a sugarcane genome assembly that encompasses more than 99 percent of its genome.

Unexpected Close

GenomeWeb reports that Veritas Genetics is suspending its US operations.

In Science this week: approach to measure microRNA targeting efficiency, strategy to conduct high-throughput chemical screens at single-cell resolution, and more.

Cleared the Committee

The Washington Post reports that a US Senate committee voted this week to approve the nomination of Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration.

Nature News reports that gene therapy approaches are tackling sickle cell disease, but that the cost of treatment is a concern.

One gene regulates hundreds of others to influence facial development, according to New Scientist.

In Nature this week: resources for single-cell analysis, little overlap in the microRNAs used by Salmonella and Shigella to infect host cells, and more.

Researchers are sampling the wild relatives of modern crops to try to preserve genetic diversity, NPR reports.

Undark reports on a bill introduced this year to the US House of Representatives to strengthen scientific integrity.

Might as Well Look

MIT's Search for Extraterrestrial Genomes is developing sequencing tools to use to try to detect whether there is any life on Mars, Quartz reports.

In Genome Research this week: post-zygotic mutations in diabetes development, single-cell RNA sequencing study of aging, and more.

Claims and Data

MIT's Technology Review has published excerpts from researcher He Jiankui's unpublished manuscript describing how he edited the genomes of twin girls as embryos with commentary.

From DNA to Faces

The New York Times describes efforts in China to develop DNA phenotyping and issues that work brings up.

Can't Attend

Society for American Archaeology members voted to prevent individuals who have been found to have committed sexual harassment from attending its meetings, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: metatranscriptomic analyses of soil viruses, links between endogenous retroviruses and memory impairment in fruit flies, and more.

Weizmann Institute of Science researchers have developed an Escherichia coli strain that consumes carbon dioxide, Discover magazine reports.

Researchers have sequenced an ancient puppy found in permafrost, but still can't tell if it was a dog or a wolf.

Breeders in New Zealand may soon take advantage of a genetic breeding program aimed at reducing the amount of methane produced by sheep, according to the Guardian.

In PLOS this week: genetic adaptation in chimpanzees, transcriptional features of renal cell carcinoma, and more.

Use the Best

The editors of six major scientific journals criticize a rule proposed by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Science News reports.

To Fend Off Dengue

Researchers report on the use of Wolbachia to make mosquitos resistance to dengue fever and other mosquito-borne disease.

Little Known

The Associated Press gives a rundown of what little is known about He Jiankui and the twin girls since his announcement last year that he had edited their genomes as embryos.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of gut microbiomes from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, collection of patient-derived tumor cells from gynecological cancers, and more.


The Washington Post reports that a Russian Academy of Sciences commission has led to the retraction of hundreds of scientific papers.

The Los Angeles Times' Daily Pilot reports the chief executive of Vantari Genetics has pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme.

News 4 Jax reports that a Florida bill to prevent life and long-term care insurers from using genetic information in their coverage decisions has easily passed one committee.

In Science this week: potentially pathogenic mutations found in hematopoietic stem cells from young healthy donors, and more.