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The Scan

Weak Spot Found

Sandia National Lab researchers found a vulnerable point in the process scientists use to uncover genetic alterations, Health IT Security says.

An analysis finds that though women make up nearly half of individuals participating in research, they are underrepresented in certain studies, according to Quartz.

In PLOS this week: alternatively spliced form of FBXO38 contributes to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, evolution of the avian influenza virus H9N2, and more.

Third Expected Soon

MIT's Technology Review reports that the third 'CRISPR baby' should be due soon.

Far Enough?

Los Angeles Times columnist discusses DNA testing firms' approach to lobbying for data privacy laws.

Try Another Way

Two Trinity College professors argue in the Irish Times that Ireland should change its approach to genomic medicine.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: approach to generate chromatin interaction networks, signature of cellular senescence, and more.

Enforcement Down

Science reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has taken fewer enforcement actions since the start of the Trump Administration.

No Longer Leading

The Guardian reports that UK researchers are leading fewer European research projects due to no-deal Brexit fears.

Mostly Support

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins tells NPR he has mostly received support for his pledge to avoid all-male scientific panels.

In PNAS this week: mathematical model of metastatic seeding, mitochondrial mutation effects, and more.

A Conviction

A suspect linked to a double murder through genetic genealogy has been convicted, according to the Associated Press.

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is scheduled to stand trial on wire fraud charges next year, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Protein's Turn

Nature News writes that researchers are increasingly interested in studying ancient proteins to understand hominin evolution.

In PLOS this week: novel loci linked to QRS duration in Hispanic/Latino populations, group B Streptococcus in Southeast Asia, and more.

US health officials have issued a fraud alert for a scam involving genetic testing, Bloomberg reports.

Giving It a Try

Massive Science writes that tool like CRISPR could help treat diseases like Alzheimer's, but more likely will help researchers understand such conditions better first.

In Science this week: hundreds of eQTLs change during cellular differentiation, goldfish genome, and more.

A lawsuit alleges the University of Chicago shared medical record data with Google that included information that should not have been, according to the New York Times.

Disclosure Push

Science reports that the US National Institutes of Health's push to enforce disclosure of foreign ties may have led to the quiet dismissal of other researchers.

Just a Quick Swim

New Scientist reports that swimming in the ocean can change someone's skin microbiome for at least a day.

In Nature this week: athletes' gut microbiomes, nanopore metagenomic sequencing approach to diagnosing infectious diseases, and more.

The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening another interference proceeding in the CRISPR patent fight.

The Japan News writes that Japan needs to seize the opportunity to ensure that a wide number of people benefit from personalized cancer treatments.

Imprints Left Behind

There's increasing genetic evidence that a number of ancient hominins may have contributed to the human gene pool, according to Discover's The Crux blog.


A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.

Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.