The Scan

The New York Times reports that the Dallas Mavericks are using a bioanalytic approach to monitor players' health.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: large Alzheimer's disease GWAS uncovers novel loci, new CRISPR interference-based approach, and more.

Medical diagnostic company CardioDx is closing down, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

ScienceInsider describes the effects of the partial government shutdown in the US on science.

"Doing Fine"

In a Twitter thread, Technology Review's Antonio Regalado says that He Jiankui is "doing fine" and that concerns about possible penalties are misplaced.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: approach for mapping enhancers and their targets, comparative protein interaction analysis of dengue and Zika viruses, and more.

The Telegraph reports there are concerns He Jiankui, who announced the birth gene-edited embryos, might face the death penalty.

Researchers argue that gene editing could enable the development of spicy tomatoes, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times highlights the Undiagnosed Disease Network.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: sequencing analysis of Brooklyn measles cases, conserved neural transcriptional features that coincide with monogamy, and more.

New Plan

National Health Service England has a new 10-year plan that includes the expansion of genetic testing, according to New Scientist.

Gizmodo reports that researchers have linked a genetic variant to the screw-like tail of bulldogs and some terriers.

Stat News notes that, this year, female presenters at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference will actually outnumber those named Michael.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: links between placental transcriptome and weight; colorectal cancer-related microRNAs; and more.

Advisor Is In

Kelvin Droegemeier has been confirmed by the Senate as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Stat News reports.

University of Illinois researchers describe a way to make photosynthesis more productive, NPR reports.

A Washington University in St. Louis researcher has resigned after admitting research misconduct, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: metagenomic nanopore sequencing of Lassa fever outbreak, and more.

An Associated Press poll finds that most US adults think it would be fine to use gene editing to prevent an incurable or fatal disease.

Peter Meldrum Dies

Co-founder and former CEO of Myriad Genetics, Peter Meldrum, has died, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Sequencing has helped identify where an E. coli outbreak may have originated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Yemen cholera epidemic bacteria sequenced, loci linked to osteoporosis, and more.

Molecular biologist Maryam Zaringhalam says researchers can make an impact by using their scientific expertise to influence public policy on health and safety.

In a new documentary, the 90-year-old scientist says nothing he's learned in the past several years has changed his views on the relationship between race and intelligence.

The New York Times reports that the controversial researcher is being held in an apartment in Shenzhen under guard by several unidentified men.


Researchers find that younger investigators fare better when seeking support through crowdfunding sites, Nature News reports.

Nature News reports that doing a postdoc might not help researchers find employment.

Pennsylvania State University's Kathleen Grogan says researchers need to approach data on gender and racial diversity in the sciences like they would any other dataset.

The National Science Foundation is adding questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to its Survey of Earned Doctorates, according to Science Careers.