The Scan

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: real-time quantitative PCR assay for Schistosoma japonicum, microRNA patterns in urothelial cancer, and more.

Slowly Taking Form

US President Barack Obama is to announce further details regarding his precision medicine initiative.

A New Lure

By widening permanent resident status eligibility, China hopes to bring in more foreign researchers, ScienceInsider reports.

High Hopes

A Mayo Clinic physician says that a 'moonshot' initiative like the precision medicine program won't make most people healthier.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: crystal structure of the bacterial translocator protein, and more.

A 23andMe study of nearly 80,500 people links 35 SNPs to motion sickness.

Researchers examine the genetic population history of dogs in the Americas.

Another Approach

A new report questions the wisdom of relying on biofuels.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: convergent evolution in marine mammal genomes, ribose-seq, and more.

Researchers try to tackle the reproducibility problem, the Washington Post reports.

More to Lose

Researchers link a Klotho gene variant to increased brain volume and better cognitive function.

DNA Poo-Tracking

Based on fecal DNA analysis, researchers are able to get a glimpse into the habits of the shy okapi.

In Genome Biology this week: draft genome of a heterostylous plant, approach to find fusion genes from transcriptomic data, and more.

A new whole-genome sequencing study of families with multiple children with autism finds that siblings don't always share disease mutations.

The Rare Ones

The UK 100,000 genomes effort aims to get at the cause of rare diseases and more, the New Scientist says.

Put It in the Jar

A proposed bill would funnel fines paid by drug makers that break the law to fund research grants.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: viral microRNAs inhibit interferon, BRAF inhibition resistance in melanoma, and more.

President Barack Obama is to seek hundreds of millions of dollars for a new precision medicine initiative.

Cell-free fetal DNA screening may offer expectant mothers a less invasive way to look for chromosomal disorders, but some experts worry that it's not clear that it's not a diagnostic test, NPR reports.

To Court

Former Duke University researcher Anil Potti's trial is to begin today.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic variants and protein post-translational modifications, gene expression patterns in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, and more.

Researchers are using environmental DNA samples to track otherwise hard-to-trace species, the New York Times reports.

Jean Lindenmann Dies

Jean Lindenmann, a co-discoverer of interferon, has died at 90.

Start With the Basics

The editors at Scientific American call for continued funding of basic science.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: tissue-based map of the human proteome, and more.


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.

Lauren Celano at Nature Jobs describes the differences between the resume and the CV.