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Critical Reports

Senators point to critical GAO reports on FDA as reason to take up the 21st Century Cures Act, Stat News reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: effect of genetic diversity on the proteome and sequence of virus linked to panda deaths.

At PLOS Biology, researchers urge their colleagues to authenticate the cell lines they use.

To beef up clinical trial numbers, Strata Oncology has said it will give free genetic testing to 100,000 cancer patients.

Jeremy Berg, the incoming editor-in-chief of Science magazine, discusses some of the issues he'll face as the editor-in-chief of Science magazine with Retraction Watch.

In Genome Biology this week: signaling in ovarian tumor microenvironment, neuronal aneuploidy in Alzheimer's disease, and more.

The Ivory Source

Samuel Wasser at the University of Washington and his lab use genetic analyses to pinpoint the origin of seized ivory, the New York Times reports.

Giving It a Look-Over

Canada establishes panel to review the country's research efforts, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers turn to a 'Big Data' approach to gauge a drug's possible side effects early in the development process.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: learning-associated brain-gene interactions, real-time observation of transposable element excision activity, and more.

Walgreens has terminated its partnership with blood-testing firm Theranos, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Robert Califf, the FDA commissioner, suggests that a database of preclinical research might help overcome the reproducibility issues science faces, Stat News reports.

Taking It All In

The Guardian examines whether over-the-counter genetic testing is a good idea.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: computational approach for ranking accuracy of functional assays, online resource for parasitic helminth worm genomic data, and more.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: CRISPR 'records' past viral infections, and more.

US National Institutes of Health will be examining its grant-awarding process for bias against African Americans, ScienceInsider reports.

Dutch researchers are using organoids to personalize cystic fibrosis and cancer treatments, Al Jazeera reports.

'Going Big'

Alphabet leadership and others defend Verily's ambitious projects, Stat News reports.

Researchers have conducted preclinical studies on pronuclear transplantation, showing some success.

NPR reports on an effort to understand the genetics of why African-American children are more likely to have asthma.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: mitochondrial genome competition, and more.

Not Ready for Release

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says more study on the effect of gene drives is needed before they can be deployed.

NIH Boost Sought

Senate subcommittee approves $2 billion increase in NIH funding for 2017.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: CHOPCHOP web tool update, human retina transcriptional atlas, and more.

Verily's life science projects aren't living up to expectations, Stat News reports.


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.

Many more PhDs are produced in the sciences than there are tenure-track professor positions, the New York Times reports.