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The Scan

New Name, Wider Focus

The Genomics Analysis Centre in the UK is now the Earlham Institute, Business Weekly reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: effect of genomic selection on cows; Arabidopsis thaliana assembly using short reads, long reads, and linkage data; and more.

Travelers can quickly pick up antibiotic-resistance genes, according to Dutch researchers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that many newly minted biotech millionaires are being cautious with their wealth.

Prevent or Eliminate

In a Q&A with Scientific American, a stem cell researcher describes how gene editing could be used to treat or prevent disease.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: developmental genome rearrangements in sea lampreys, Zika virus detected in saliva and urine, and more.

Researchers in the UK react to the vote there to leave the European Union.

Keeping Tabs on Bugs

The US Food and Drug Administration tracked a recent multi-state Listeria outbreak using whole-genome sequencing.

Companies vie to manage genomic data, the Economist reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: proof-reading reverse transcriptase, call for integration of engineering and physical sciences with biomedical science, and more.

Researchers uncover genetic variants that could be behind a number of unexplained sudden cardiac deaths.

A couple is using their sequencing results to guide their healthcare, diet, and more.

France is to invest €670 million in personalized medicine centers, according to RFI.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: maximum-depth sequencing to detect rare variants, and more.

Zika Beware

The FDA has just approved the first clinical trial for a DNA-based vaccine for the Zika virus, Technology Review reports.

A federal safety panel gives the go-ahead to a study that plans to use CRISPR to alter patients' immune cells to treat their cancer.

Zombie Genes Awaken!

Researchers find that certain genes have increased expression after death, New Scientist reports.

In Genome Research this week: a tool to assess the quality of de novo transcriptome assemblies, characterizing genes in the soil amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, and more.

Nature highlights a crop of Chinese researchers, including a geneticist focusing on ancient DNA and a plant biologist applying genome editing.

Officials from federal agencies and some lawmakers say a proposal to increase set-asides for research at small businesses would take away from basic research.

Technology Review's Antonio Regalado takes a look at 23andMe's data-selling business.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence of sympatric speciation in blind mole rats, Tibetan population history, and more.

Most researchers in the UK oppose leaving the European Union, Technology Review reports.

Genetic evidence of a break in the paternal line a few generations back bolsters a rival claim to a Scottish baronetcy, the Guardian reports.

Market Creator

Business Insider includes Illumina's Jay Flatley on its list of creators.


Bitesize Bio offers some word of wisdom for designing a new lab.

A study finds that some women choose science majors later in their college careers.

The US National Labor Relations Board rules that graduate assistants have the right to unionize.

Sociologists find that dual-career programs are important for recruiting female academics, Inside Higher Ed reports.