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The Scan

In Science this week: pipeline to improve detection of circulating tumor DNA, and more.

Blood-Sucking Genome

The draft European medicinal leech genome reveals more than a dozen putative anticoagulants.

According to the Clarion Ledger, Mississippi is moving a bill forward that would ban abortion based on fetal race, sex, or genetic anomaly.

A new study appearing in PLOS Genetics uncovers differences in methylation patterns in uterine cells from endometriosis patients as compared to controls.

In Nature this week: a fluorescence in situ hybridization-based method for multiplex RNA imaging, benchmark dataset for structural variants, and more.

According to the Boston Globe, Harvard University's Charles Lieber pleaded not guilty to federal charges of making false statements.

The New York Times reports on an effort in China to develop a genetic database of all its male citizens.

At Scientific American, a trio calls on community leaders, scientists, and others to prevent increased racial and economic disparities in science due to pandemic-related school closures.

In Cell this week: catalog of structural variants within the human genome, proteomic and metabolomic profiles of COVID-19 patients' blood, and more.

The Los Angeles Times reports Joseph James DeAngelo is expected to plead guilty in a case that identified him as a suspect through genetic genealogy.

The University of California and Springer Nature reach an open-access publishing deal.

Next Steps to Take

New Scientist describes next steps supporters of the #ShutdownSTEM strike could take to combat racism in academia.

In PNAS this week: features linked to coronavirus pathogenicity, multi-system syndrome linked to RNA modification-linked mutations, and more.

The American Cancer Society has eliminated 1,000 positions across the US, according to the Cancer Letter.

Science reports that more than 50 researchers have resigned or been fired as a result of the National Institutes of Health's inquiry examining unreported foreign ties.

Again and Again

SARS-CoV-2 was introduced into the Boston area multiple times, WBUR reports.

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of agronomic traits in sugarcane, breastfeeding can modulate body-mass index among individuals at genetic risk of obesity, and more.

The US National Institutes of Health has updated its policies combating sexual harassment, as NIH Director Francis Collins and his colleagues note in an editorial in Science.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has ended its journal subscription contract negotiations with Elsevier.

Mouse for That

The Economist reports on the development of mouse models to study COVID-19.

In Science this week: multiple SARS-CoV-2 introductions into Northern California and the development of the 'very fast CRISPR' method.

New recommendations advise metastatic prostate cancer patients and others with a family history to consider genetic testing.

Stat News offers ways consumer genetic testing companies could address racial disparities.

The Irish Times' Karlin Lillington writes that Ireland needs a national public genome program.

In Nature this week: genome-wide association study of 42 diseases among Japanese population, transfer RNA modifications, and more.


The founder of MeTooSTEM, BethAnn McLaughlin, created a Twitter account purported to be that of an LGBTQ Native American professor at Arizona State University, the New York Times writes.

Novavax reports its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to immune responses, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gene length is associated with lifespan in a comparative genomics study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that draws on the whale shark genome.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: effort to annotate the rat transcriptome, web-based resource to characterize marine microbes, and more.