The Scan

Mouse Fight

The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, says.

For Millions

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

An Expensive Deal

While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Ye Old P-Value

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

To Interfere

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.

A Butterfly's Wings

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

Best Options

The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Pathogen Tracking

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Teeny Tiny DNA Robot

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

New Siblings

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.

Each and Every One

By the end of this year, every single kakapo (a type of parrot from New Zealand) on Earth will have its genome sequenced, according to The Atlantic.

There Is Only 1

The UK's House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has now elected a female member after originally electing eight men, Science says.

This year's Ig Nobel Prizes honor research on old man ears, liquid cats, didgeridoos, hairy-legged vampire bats, and so much more.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: a DNA robot capable of carrying and delivering molecular cargo, a genetic analysis of people from Papua New Guinea, and more.

Former CDC chief Thomas Frieden is launching a new health initiative focused on heart health and epidemic preparedness, reports the NYTimes.

If you want to be an author on a scientific paper, some journals will add your name for a small fee — even if you didn't write it, Retraction Watch reports.


A research duo finds that science and technology graduate students who turn away from academic careers do so because of changes in their own interests.

Students whose classmates are interested in science are more likely to think about a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a new study says.

CNBC reports that the genetic counseling field is expected to grow as personalized medicine becomes more common.

Gladys Kong writes at Fortune that her STEM background has helped her as a CEO.