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The Scan

Assurances Sought

Seven UK academies say a "bold commitment" is needed from the government to keep British research and innovation strong in the wake of the Brexit vote.

James Watson tells Stat News that the Cancer Moonshot Initiative is "crap."

Under the Sea

Researchers have isolated and sequenced a bacterium from the marine sulfur-oxidizing bacteria clade SUP05.

In Genome Research this week: molecular autopsies for sudden death, telomere methylation in Arabidopsis, and more.

Diving in Deep

In a preprint, Craig Venter's team reports sequencing the genomes of 10,500 people to between 30X and 40X coverage.

Hidden Away

A cancer patient with a rare BRCA1 variant seeks better data sharing, Newsweek reports.

Cancer Collaboration

In Australia, US Vice President Joe Biden touts cancer patient data sharing and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: mouse lemurs phylogenetics informs geographic study, DXZ4 needed for inactive X chromosome packaging, and more.

Down the Road a Ways

Precision medicine is still years away, if it's achievable at all, according to Technology Review.

Researchers are expanding the use of fecal transplants while also trying to figure out what component of poop makes them effective.

Increased Coverage

Insurers are more willing to cover whole-exome sequencing, Dark Daily writes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: host factors affecting necrotizing soft tissue infection susceptibility, effectiveness of low-coverage sequencing in NIPT, and more.

Oh, Wrong Rate

Columbia University settles a civil fraud lawsuit that said it improperly used its on-campus indirect cost rate when seeking reimbursement for more than 400 grants.

Not the Fittest

In the journal Genetics, a research pair examines the evolutionary fitness of Neanderthals.

Bitten to the Quick

Jonathan Eisen gives his 'Overselling the Microbiome' award to the New York Times for its thumb-sucking and nail-biting story.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genomes from the Fertile Crescent give insight into early farmers, and more.

Changes Needed

Researchers bemoan at Vox how various incentives push them away from the science they want to do.

Researchers report in Nature that culture may have more of an effect on musical taste than biology.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: rare variants contribute little risk to type 2 diabetes, atlas of gene expression in developing primate brain, and more.

A UK researcher has streamlined how women at her hospital with ovarian cancer seek genetic testing.

Shuffled About

Merck is cutting some 360 jobs as it shifts resources to emerging areas of study, according to the In the Pipeline blog.

Open-Access Costs

A professor and American Physical Society public affairs director argues at The Hill that open-access publishing only shifts the cost on to researchers.

In Genome Biology this week: parainflammation found in some cancers, recurrent copy number changes affecting metabolic genes in cancer, and more.

Alfred Knudson Dies

Fox Chase Cancer Center's Alfred Knudson, who developed the two-hit hypothesis of cancer, has died at 93.

Already Left Out

Uncertainty in funding following the Brexit vote has led some UK researchers to be left out of European consortiums, the Guardian reports.


A researcher recounts in Science how she got her career off the ground.

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.