The Scan

PCR in Space

Have a question about how DNA behaves in space? A contest from Boeing, Amplyus, and MfA is searching for projects to send to the International Space Station.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: metagenomic study of tuberculosis victims from the 18th century, and more.

A Different Order

Exome sequencing is changing how diagnoses for rare diseases are arrived at, when one is found.

All in the Height

Researchers examine how the Dutch may have gotten so tall.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: GWAS with immunophenotyping to examine genetic architecture of the immune system, hepatitis C virus sequesters miR-122 during infection, and more.

A study appearing in Pediatrics finds that slightly more than 10 percent of human breast milk samples bought over the Internet also contain cow's milk at high levels.

The Time It Takes

23andMe's Anne Wojcicki discusses the pace of genomic medicine with CBS News.

DNA-based ancestry testing is helping to uncover some of the stories behind 'Gertie's Babies,' the New York Times reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: essential Pseudomonas aeruginosa genes, role of snoRNAs in mouse metabolic stress response pathway, and more. is learning from the example of 23andMe as it negotiates a move toward medical research and consumer genetic testing.

And Another

A fourth paper from MIT's Robert Weinberg has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

The New York Times gets a peek into Bill Nye the Science Guy's apartment in the city.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: omic characterization of aggressive rice blast pathogen strain, genomic assessment of Mycobacterium ulcerans in Ghana, and more.

The new Riken president plans to implement changes to prevent research misconduct.

Ever a Maverick

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's tweet suggesting frequent blood tests drew criticism, but many researchers are looking toward such testing.

The University of Southampton's Kalwant Bhopal discusses the issue of racism in academia in the UK with Nature News.

Fox News takes a look at two of Eric Schadt's projects at the intersection of genetics and technology.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: microRNAs can modulate protein expression noise, CRISPR/Cas9 used to tweak Candida albicans genes, and more.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory partners with the North Shore-LIJ Health System to pursue cancer therapeutics research.

Margaret Hamburg, the outgoing commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, discusses her tenure there with NPR.

Douglas Lowy has been selected as the acting director of the US National Cancer Institute.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: smaller Cas9 enzyme found, and more.

A University of Michigan team is using a Facebook app to recruit and keep in touch with participants in its 'Genes for Good' project.

SolveBio's Mark Kaganovich says at TechCrunch that genomics needs an app to push it into the mainstream.

The Colors They Show

By studying the spectra of microbes on Earth, a team of researchers hopes to be better equipped to detect any on other worlds.


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.

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.