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The Scan

Disappearing Postdocs

The number of postdocs in the US has fallen for the first time in 30 years, according to an analysis in the FASEB Journal.

The Mutation Why

Genome sequencing pinpointed the root of an Australian boy's baffling condition, ABC News reports.

Heating Dispute

A paper finds that heating in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis may alter sample compounds, drawing criticism.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: novel RIG-I-like receptor regulators, approach for identifying adaptive genes, and more.

Genetic analysis uncovers a new species of Galápagos tortoise, which researchers have named Chelonoidis donfaustoi.

Many researchers in Canada applaud the recent election outcome, ScienceInsider reports.

Check the Levels

A test examining mitochondrial DNA levels appears to increase pregnancy rates at fertility clinics, the Guardian reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: limitations of systems biology, and more.

The New York Times opinion page asks whether the promise of clinical genome sequencing is overstated.

Google's resources and approach are enticing academic life science researchers, Nature News reports.

The Obama Administration's Strategy for American Innovation highlights precision medicine.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: DNA-free genome editing in plants, new risk loci for atopic dermatitis, and more.

23andMe announces that it has begun to offer customers health-related data, though more limited than what it had before its FDA dustup.

Money to Spend

As its endowment is doing well, the Wellcome Trust plans to increase its spending.

Bill Maris, a managing partner at Google Ventures, argues that genetic information needs to be shared and isn't private anyway, Bloomberg Business reports.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: method to examine DNA methylation patterns, molecular features of lobular breast cancer, and more.

Beefed-Up Beagles

Chinese researchers use CRISPR to develop beagles lacking myostatin, Technology Review reports.

Security and Science

Researchers at a Moscow State University institute have been told they have to get their research manuscripts approved by the security service prior to publication, Nature News reports.

Money in the Genomes

Companies like Invitae are looking for multiple ways to turn consumer genomes into businesses.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genome and transcriptome of the Asian tiger mosquito, TB diversity and virulence in Inuit populations, and more.

The DNA of the Piece

The art community is exploring the use of synthetic DNA to combat forgeries on the market, the New York Times reports.

The dispute over the Alzheimer's Disease Collaborative Study may be a sign of things to come, the Wall Street Journal says.

Medium highlights a dozen female TED fellows in a portrait posted to its site.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic diversity of Theileria annulata parasite, gene expression patterns in glioblastoma, and more.

RNAi might have fallen from favor, but it still holds promise, The Economist says.


A program at the University of Colorado Boulder shakes up science teaching.

Keeping to a schedule helps principal investigators keep their lab and research humming along, the Nature Jobs blog says.

A Harvard professor blogs about how a hiring committee he is on is conducting its faculty search.

At The Scientist, Muhammad Ahmed argues that postdocs need to be supported to ensure countries' scientific prowess.