The Scan

This Week in Science

In Science this week: changing graduate education, ancient DNA plus radiocarbon data sheds light on megafauna extinctions, and more.

Up All Night

Researchers find that sleep loss leads to epigenetic changes affecting circadian clock genes.

Investors are working with a nonprofit campaign to encourage drug makers to release clinical trial data, Pharmalot says.

A program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to give rural students a taste of life as a scientist.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: recurrent non-coding region mutations in chronic lymphocytic leukemia, sequencing study of Barrett's esophagus, and more.

Researchers and clinicians are increasingly using genomic technologies to detect pathogens, JAMA reports.

Going Well

23andMe's Anne Wojcicki discusses her company's approach on Marketplace.

In Genome Research this week: lncRNA and gene expression regulation, population structure of the equine infectious disease strangles, and more.

The Precision Medicine Initiative is working out how to go about recruiting participants, Nature News reports.

A report from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology identifies consensus recommendations to make biomedical research more sustainable.

Researchers link a gene variant to compulsive drinking in a mouse study.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: tumor DNA in cerebrospinal fluid, genetic factors influencing ability to sweat in humans, and more.

Share It

In an op-ed, UCSC's David Haussler encourages patients to share their genetic information.

All the DNA on Earth

A trio of researchers in Edinburgh sought to determine how much DNA there is in the biosphere.

Better Understanding

Motherboard looks into the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: mitochondrial DNA dynamics, tuberculosis transmission patterns in Malawi, and more.

Series of Events

Researchers have penned a letter to Science to criticize it for reinforcing "damaging stereotypes."

Lawmakers are encouraging the National Institutes of Health to offer prize-based challenges.

Researchers examine the genetic heritability of sweetness perception.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: reason for partial HIV vaccine protection, and more.

Try, Try Again

With its new version of the National Children's Study, NIH hopes to avoid past errors, ScienceInsider says.

Not Here

Russia is to consider a ban of certain foreign scientists and organizations seen as security threats, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The interactions between the microbes of the gut affect the ability of a C. diff infection to take hold, Ed Yong writes.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: two loci linked to depression, CRISPR/Cas9-based study of diarrhea-causing microbe, and more.

A Model Organ

Organs-on-chips are steaming ahead for use in drug development, Nature News reports.


If you're looking to make a career change, Nature Jobs notes that's the time to refresh your soft and hard skills — strategically.

A proposed change to labor regulations has some thinking that postdocs may get overtime pay or a raise.

Thomas Magaldi, a career services administrator at the Sloan Kettering Institute, describes how he found that career path at Nature Jobs.

At Bitesize Bio, Dhivya Kumar shares tips for figuring out your post-grad school career move.