The Scan

Drive Resistance

Gene drives might run into biological resistance, the Economist reports.

Dalí DNA Collected

Forensic experts exhumed painter Salvador Dalí's body to collect DNA for a paternity test, CBS News reports.

Yale Environment 360 writes that synthetic and conservation biologists aren't always on the same wavelength, but they are trying to reach an understanding.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: full CRISPR locus integration complex structure, and more.

Skipped Steps

A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

Just a Few Bats

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

Puppies' Past

By sequencing two ancient dog genomes, researchers from the US and Germany suggest that dogs were domesticated in a single event, the Washington Post reports.

Persistent Gap

Researchers examine the gap in funding between researchers and research institutions, ScienceInsider reports

In Genome Research this week: population dynamics of E. coli infection, lncRNA expression changes in macaque aging, and more.


Researchers are using sourdough starter to get a glimpse into the factors and processes that influence the microbiome, NPR reports.

Noninvasive prenatal testing can uncover pregnancies at risk of miscarriage, New Scientist reports.

All the Uncertainty

Variants of unknown significance don't give patients the answers they are seeking, the Guardian writes.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic diversity of the people of Madagascar, loss-of-function mutations linked to respiratory infection severity, and more.

With Strings

Lawmakers approve a flat budget for the US National Science Foundation, but suggest how to spend it, ScienceInsider reports.

For the Cassava

CNN reports that researchers and farmers are using sequencing to fend off Cassava Brown Streak Disease.

Parody Genomics

With a satire site, Stanford University's Stephen Montgomery highlights pseudoscientific genetic tests on the market, Gizmodo reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: transcriptomic and developmental patterns of filamentous fungi development, cutaneous leishmaniasis diagnosis method, and more.

Researchers Sue Salk

Two researchers are suing the Salk Institute for gender discrimination, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A House bill would increase the US National Institutes of Health budget by 3 percent, but prohibit it from funding research that uses fetal tissue.

Past Just the One

NIH officials discuss the Common Rule's new single IRB policy for multisite studies in the American Journal of Bioethics.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: fruit fly mothers pass on epigenetic information, and more.

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends that the agency approve a gene therapy for pediatric leukemia, the New York Times reports.

Galloping Horse

Harvard University's George Church and his colleagues encoded a GIF into a bacterial population.


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

Social scientists report that the image of the 'lone scientist' might be deterring US students from STEM careers.

Postdocs supported by external funding are less likely to have access to paid parental leave, Nature News reports.

The US National Institutes of Health's new plan will bolster support for early- and mid-career investigators.