The Scan

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 University of Oxford's Dorothy Bishop ponders the future of scientific publishing.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: DNA barcodes for identifying plants in herbal remedies, copy number and DNA methylation patterns in HBV-linked liver cancer, and more.

Only a small portion of UK universities is making their research misconduct investigations public, Nature says.

Single-molecule biology and single-cell genomics are poised to enable precision medicine, writes Harvard's X. Sunney Xie in JAMA.

The Cat Microbiome

Through Kickstarter, researchers are seeking funds to study the microbiome of the kitty-cat.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: microRNA expression as marker for injury due to radiation exposure, and more.

Just Another Test

Physicians are as prepared for genetic and genomic testing as any other new technology, researchers say in Science Translational Medicine.

Budget Ups and Downs

The US House Appropriations Committee outlines its funding bill for the National Science Foundation and other agencies.

DNA and other analyses of an ancient leprosy victim found in the UK suggest a possible Scandinavian origin for the infecting strain, the Guardian reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genetic variation in Sierra Leone Ebola virus, host adaptation in microsporidian pathogens, and more.

Liquid biopsies are becoming more common in clinical cancer care, the Associated Press reports.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's John Quackenbush is boxing for cancer research.

Drug companies are rushing toward genomic databases to inform their searches for new drugs, Reuters reports.


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.