The Scan

With the launch of Scott Kelly into space today, the study of him and his earthbound brother to disentangle the effects of life in space from the effects of genetics kicks off.

Not So Fast

A new analysis indicates that the Ebola virus behind the current West African outbreak is mutating at about the same rate as other Ebola viruses.

Genetics and Molecular Research retracts two gastric cancer papers for being "substantially equal" to other papers, according to Retraction Watch.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: self-assembly of DNA components in solution, and more.

Not a Straight Line

Genetic analysis of Britain's King Richard III and modern descendants of his relatives indicate breaks in the male line.

A Country's Risk

Decode Genetics' ability to tell Icelanders, even ones the company hasn't sequenced, about their disease risk brings up ethical questions.

Testing showing "genetic incompatibilities" have led thousands of couples in Saudi Arabia to call off their weddings, the BBC reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Icelandic genome sequences, approach to increase CRISPR efficiency, and more.

Researchers are testing homomorphic encryption to keep data needed for personalized medicine analyses secure, according to Nature News.

Researchers examine the genetic ancestry of the Americas in Nature Communications.

In Genome Biology this week: horizontal gene transfer in metazoans, field pathogenomics study of wheat fungus, and more.

Three philanthropies have teamed up on a new program to support early career researchers in the biomedical sciences.

Carlos Moedas tells scientists that the plan to use some Horizon 2020 funds for a separate project will stimulate research.

Tumor on a Dish

Researchers are growing tumors in the lab in the hope of guiding cancer treatments.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic characterization of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria strain, comparison of two leprosy-associated bacteria, and more.

An advisory panel report urges the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take certain lab safety steps.

This year's White House Science Fair is underway as students from across the country show off their projects.

Seeds Saved

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas is lauded for its efforts to save its gene bank samples stored in Syria.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: variant linked to language condition common to Chile's Robinson Crusoe Island, expression of certain genes varies with blood pressure, and more.

The National Science Foundation presents a new open-access policy for researchers it funds.

Researchers call out the Irish government's focus on economically important research at the expense of fundamental research.

Papers Pulled

MIT's Robert Weinberg has retracted two papers, and a third is forthcoming, for the improper assembly of figures, Retraction Watch says.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new mutagenic chain reaction method, call for discussion on genome engineering ethics, and more.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is to be the next president of the UK Royal Society, according to Nature News.

A dog shelter is using DNA testing to spur adoptions.


Lauren Celano at Nature Jobs describes the differences between the resume and the CV.

A postdoc position is supposed to be a 'stepping stone,' Nature Jobs says.

Finding a job in the sciences can be a challenge, writes Bryan Gaensler at the Conversation.

Graduate students in India are protesting their low pay.