The Scan

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Bits of Evidence

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Researchers report that paternally inherited genes are more likely to be expressed in mice.

To the Brink

A lack of funding may lead more than two dozen research facilities in Australia to shut down in three months.

In Genome Research this week: multiplex genotyping of germline and somatic short tandem repeats, graph-based regularization, and more.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a House subcommittee to discuss his agency's budget request.

A panel at the New York Times discusses anonymity and privacy of users of 23andMe's services when access to its database is offered for research.

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision involving the use of "inadvertently shed" DNA in a police investigation and subsequent conviction.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.

Packs a Punch

The genome of the carnivorous bladderwort is smaller than many other plant genomes, but it still holds on to important genes.

A pair of researchers examines political leanings and views on genomics, finding more of a role for optimism and pessimism in people's views.

Things Not Found

With a new collection, PLOS highlights negative results it has published.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: new gene linked to ocular coloboma, new statistical model for interrogating gene expression networks, and more.

Joel Achenbach explores at National Geographic why people find science difficult to believe.

Ancient Wheat

Ancient DNA indicates Stone Age, hunter-gather inhabitants of Britain imported wheat.

Bit of an Increase

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences director says changes the agency made have allow it to boost success rates.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene linked to expansion of the human neocortex, and more.

The UK Medical Research Council says the proposed path of a new train line could affect research at the Francis Crick Institute.

Its Own Version

Genotyping analysis of measles in Ontario indicates the strain there didn't originate from Disneyland or Europe.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: researchers classify pancreatic cancer into four subtypes using sequencing, and more.

An Antibiotics Prize?

The University of Pennsylvania's Ezekiel Emanuel suggests a prize-based system to encourage drugmakers to develop new antibiotics.

New Technique a 'Go'

The House of Lords in the UK approves a bill to allow mitochondrial donation.

MIT's Technology Review reports it's a good time to be a biotech.

Pages

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.

A study of hiring patterns appearing in Science Advances finds that institutional prestige of where someone got their PhD affects where they land a faculty position.

Twitter may not just be a land of over-sharing and self-promotion, but also a place to grow scientific contacts and possibly land a job, Nature reports.