The Scan

Who Needs Advice?

The New Yorker's Michael Specter discusses the elimination of the European Commission chief scientific adviser position.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: loci linked to aggressive prostate cancer, metabolic profiling of mice with Chagas disease, and more.

Price of Business

Nature examines indirect costs and how they are calculated.

Just Peachy

A startup says its DNA laser printing approach can create probiotics to make women's vaginas smell like peaches.

Squad Car Profiling

Law enforcement agencies are enthusiastic about the potential for rapid DNA profiling, Mother Jones reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: comparison of mouse and human regulatory DNA regions, and more.

And the Result Is…

The US National Institutes of Health aims to promote the sharing of findings from clinical trials.

R&D Dollars

China is projected to spend more on research and development than the US by the end of the decade, a new report says.

Researchers link a gene variant to an increased likelihood of being in a relationship.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Mouse ENCODE results, and more.

Natural Knockouts

Some drug companies are searching for people who naturally lack a working copy of a gene to see if that can help them find new drug targets.

Current metrics that evaluate academic research need to change but so-called altmetrics aren't mature enough to be widely used, writes Andy Tattersall at The Conversation.

Mice exposed to stress early in life can be better at coping and have epigenetic alterations that they may pass on to their offspring.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: long non-coding RNA involved in breast cancer metastasis, single-haplotype iterative mapping and sequencing of mouse Y chromosome, and more.

Both at the Same Time

A trio of researchers envisions a place for both population-scale and personalized medicine.

Make Them Glow

Researchers have developed nanoparticles that bind to genetic markers found on circulating tumor cells.

A study finds that there's a genetic component to sexual orientation in men.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: transcriptional patterns in mice and humans, proteome-wide changes due to genetic code alterations, and more.

The Missing Drugs

Reliance on genomics may be one reason for a slowdown in new drugs, the New York Times Magazine says.

Fight It Off

Mouse model indicates that gut bacteria may help hosts avoid viral infections.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: variants of small effect influence cognitive ability, genomic characterization of haloarchaea, and more.

No Science Post

New set of European policy advisers lacks a scientific post.

The Lobby Effect

A pair of professors examines the influence of lobbying on federal biomedical research funding.

Root of the Issue

The Idiopathic Diseases of Man study has been able to identify the likely source of a girl's health issues.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic analysis of tumors informs drug combinations, map of meiotic DNA double-strand breaks, and more.


Graduate students in India are protesting their low pay.

A study of hiring patterns appearing in Science Advances finds that institutional prestige of where someone got their PhD affects where they land a faculty position.

Twitter may not just be a land of over-sharing and self-promotion, but also a place to grow scientific contacts and possibly land a job, Nature reports.

The US National Institutes of Health is seeking thoughts on the development of an emeritus award for senior researchers.