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The Scan

For All the 'Mutants'

An opinion piece in the New York Times urges lawmakers to keep genetic protections in place.

Staying Even

Research funding in Canada is to remain mostly the same, ScienceInsider reports.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation embarks on an open-access publishing path.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: random DNA replication errors play role in cancer, and more.

Pacific Biosciences is hosting a competition in which researchers are vying to win free sequencing for an organism with the most interesting genome.

An opinion piece appearing in Newsday likens familial DNA searches to stop-and-frisk policies.

Code for Research

The San people of Africa have drawn up a code of conduct for researchers, according to the Conversation.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genotypes linked to hip osteoarthritis, and more.

For Personalization

Startup companies are taking on personalized medicine, CNET reports.

Bruce Booth writes at Life Sci VC that biotech clusters like Boston and San Francisco are getting even more consolidated.

The Verge speaks with Mark and Scott Kelly, who are the subjects of NASA's Twin Study.

In Genome Biology this week: genes linked to Hirschsprung disease, structural variant patterns in autism, and more.

All the Biases

Stanford's John Ioannidis and his team report on sources of bias in the scientific literature.

From the Overhead

ScienceInsider reports that the Trump Administration budget blueprint may also include cuts to indirect costs.

Call for Guidance

Harvard researchers call for a discussion and development of guidelines for 'embryoid' research, NPR reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: transcriptional patterns in breast cancer cell lines, study of non-CG methylation, and more.

Lower, But…

A trial of a drug that mimics a PCSK9 gene mutation doesn't quite meet expectations, both Nature News and Forbes say.

Excitement and Risk

CRISPR may make gene-editing easier, but it may also make regulation harder, according to New Scientist.

About a Degree

Buzzfeed News reports that Freenome CEO Gabriel Otte, despite some descriptions stating otherwise, did not receive a PhD.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: COLEC10 linked to craniofacial development, transcripts and peptides of spider venom, and more.

UK regulators have given the clinic the green light to offer the service, the Guardian reports.

Placental examination, fetal autopsy, and genetic testing are among the most useful tests when searching for stillbirth cause, the New York Times reports.

Follow the DNA

The Economist reports that companies are testing out using DNA as a tracer molecule to map underground resources.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: applying genome-editing technologies to crops, and more.

President Donald Trump's budget blueprint includes a nearly 20 percent cut for the National Institutes of Health.


At Science Careers, Princeton University's Julian West advises new researchers to read widely.

At Science Careers, a researcher describes how her rejuvenated postdoc science policy committee is promoting science.

Bitesize Bio's Gail Seigel offers some tips on running a low-budget lab.

The GRE isn't a good predictor of graduate school performance or productivity, according to two PLOS One studies.