The Scan

Researchers uncover possible salivary protein markers for autism.

Researchers link personality traits to the expression of certain inflammation-related genes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: age-related methylation patterns, transcriptome analysis of the cabbage beetle, and more.

Researchers uncover a human-specific enhancer that influences brain size in transgenic mice.

A pair of studies examines interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern human ancestors.

Looking Elsewhere

Budget cuts and other changes may be leading young Australian researchers to seek positions outside the country.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: ancient genetic mutations linked to Gleevec activity, and more.

A study finds that one article has been cited more than two dozen times since its retraction.

The Art of Chemistry

Rhodes College's Loretta Jackson-Hayes argues that more STEM majors with liberal arts backgrounds are needed.

Order Matters

Researchers report in NEJM that the order in which mutations accumulate in cancer may affect disease path.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: the Roadmap Epigenomics Program publishes numerous studies examining the human epigenome.

MIT's Technology Review puts the 'Internet of DNA' on its list of breakthroughs to watch.

Researchers are looking through well-preserved remains of cholera victims in an abandoned Italian cemetery for Vibrio cholerae DNA.

Close Match

The Mason lab responds to some criticism of its recent subway metagenome paper.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: methylation patterns in pediatric B-ALL, approach to analyze copy number variants from whole exome data, and more.

All the Pieces

Abigail Zuger at the New York Times' Well blog notes that many chronic diseases have lifestyle and environmental factors in addition to genetic ones that may confound precision medicine approaches.

Different Approach

The Financial Times' Henny Sender writes that BGI is a new kind of Chinese technology company.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: rare variants linked to bipolar disorder, advent of polyploidy, and more.

Long-Term Storage

Under the right conditions, data stored in DNA could last millions of years, Swiss researchers say.

Which Virus Is It?

A device under development at Harvard and MIT aims to diagnose infectious diseases at the point of care.

Some Chinese scientists working abroad are returning to China to start their own companies, Reuters reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genomic characterization of "super-shedder" Escherichia coli strain, genetic divergence in parapatric stickleback populations, and more.

A Forbes article says that better coordination between regulators, as well as more accelerated approvals of certain drugs will be critical to the success of Obama's precision medicine initiative. 

The tech giant has introduced a new feature to its search results to provide "high-quality medical data."

NIH and HHS are seeking changes to the clinical trials reporting process, including changes to all NIH-funded trials, even if they are not currently subject to a federal law. 


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.