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The Scan

Reliance on Excel leads to errors in gene name lists, a new Genome Biology paper reports.

MIT researchers are using bees to collect and visualize urban microbiome samples, Wired reports.

Avoid These

Halloran Consulting's Laurie Halloran lists at Stat News the mistakes she sees startup companies make when pursuing a clinical trial.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: SNP reference panel from the Haplotype Reference Consortium, and more.

Still Reason to Test

Being born premature shouldn't mean infants with high blood sugar levels don't undergo genetic testing for neonatal diabetes, a study in Pediatrics says.

Scripps Research Institute investigators peer back at the RNA world.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: phosphoproteomic patterns in prostate cancer, effect of gene expression on fitness in yeast, and more.

Biotech Court

An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calls for the establishment of a patent court staffed by judges and experts with science backgrounds.

The San Diego Union-Tribune takes a look at the work to be done in personalized medicine.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: chromosome instability in S. cerevisiae, structural differences and sequence divergence in rice, and more.

Someday, Someday

Widespread genome sequencing might not be justified just yet, USA Today reports.

Ohio State's Steve Rissing writes that gene drives may be helpful, but also may be harmful.

At Bloomberg, Faye Flam writes that a combination of gene variants and innovations has helped people make technological advances.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: variants that affect COPD biomarkers, high genetic diversity of Cryptococcus gattii in Brazil, and more.

Focused Drugs

Financial Times Magazine's Brooke Masters discusses the changes personalized medicine will bring to clinicians and drug developers.

23andMe's database has enabled it to link loci to disease and fuel better understanding of diseases like depression, KQED Science says.

Local opposition puts trial of genetically altered mosquitoes in the Florida Keys on hold, NPR reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: effort to reduce E. coli genome, and more.

'An Ordinary Strain'

Researchers have analyzed the genome of the anthrax strain from the 1979 bioweapons accident in the Soviet Union.

Diversity Needed

Genetic testing may have misdiagnosed African Americans with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a New England Journal of Medicine study says.

Researchers in Australia are seeking consent to use blood samples collected from indigenous Australians decades ago for genetic studies, the Guardian reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Exome Aggregation Consortium analysis of some 60,000 exomes, and more.

Start It Themselves

Parents raise more than $1.8 million to start a clinical trial to help their daughter with Sanfilippo syndrome, Today reports.

Scorn for Science

The editors of Scientific American say in an editorial that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exhibits contempt for science.

Secured With Noise

A trio of researchers presents a differential privacy approach to protect people with data in genomic databases, Nature News reports.


The US National Labor Relations Board rules that graduate assistants have the right to unionize.

Sociologists find that dual-career programs are important for recruiting female academics, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Many more PhDs are produced in the sciences than there are tenure-track professor positions, the New York Times reports.

The Huffington Post explores why female graduate students might not report sexual harassment.