The Scan

Let's Talk About This

The White House says ethical discussions about genome editing of the human germline are needed.

A Thomson Reuters analysis indicates that the life sciences, rather than the tech sector, are increasingly driving global innovation.

Words to Dollars

Maria Freire from the Foundation for the NIH calls for "politically popular pledges of support" for the NIH to turn into support for increased funding for the agency.

In Genome Research this week: mitochondrial and nuclear gene fusions in cancer, role of genomic imprinting in tissue-specific gene expression, and more.

Promises, Promises

David Dobbs writes at Buzzfeed that genomics has delivered little on its promises.

Portions of the US 21st Century Cures Act are raising some safety concerns.

Your Royal Forbearers

Adam Rutherford discusses genetic genealogy at the Guardian.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: co-evolutionary signatures of insect hosts and bacterial symbionts, distinct transcript isoforms of high-grade ovarian cancer, and more.

NIH's Francis Collins writes that scientific advances are poised to help populations all over the world, but more scientists are needed to keep the momentum.

New Treatments to Try

A study appearing in Cell suggests some metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients could benefit from PARP inhibitor therapy.

Litterbugs Beware

Hong Kong is using DNA phenotyping to shame litterers.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.

Social media is changing how scientists discuss research, as tweets from University of Chicago's Yoav Gilad about a Mouse ENCODE paper have shown, Nature reports.

The Lasker Foundation's Claire Pomeroy laments the state of NIH funding at Forbes.

It's Both

A large meta-analysis from an international team reports that nature and nurture have about an equal overall influence on human traits.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: factors affecting the success of whole-genome sequencing for routine clinical diagnosis, and more.

Right at the Source

At The Conversation, the University of Birmingham's Nick Loman writes about his group's efforts to bring genome sequencing and surveillance to disease outbreak sites.

The Guardian's Suzanne Goldenberg examines Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is safeguarding seeds and the genetic diversity they harbor.

In Genome Biology this week: MRSA genetic diversity, genome features linked to bee sociality, and more.

Time to Talk

The US National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine plan to hold an international meeting in the fall to discuss ethical and other issues surrounding human genome editing.

Consent and Research

A new law raises concerns about how getting consent to use de-identified samples will affect the ability to conduct research.

Smoking Signs

Researchers find an epigenetic signature of smoking in buccal cells.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: single-cell RNA sequencing study of the human brain, sequencing study of cicada endosymbiont, and more.

The European Commission is developing a new science advice system to inform policymakers, ScienceInsider reports.

And They Say...

More than two dozen researchers tell Nature Biotechnology their thoughts on the ethics of using the CRISPR-Cas9 approach to edit the human germline.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.