The Scan

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic variants linked to warfarin response in a Chinese population, real-time PCR assay for detecting malaria parasite sub-species, and more.

A study appearing in Science says women are underrepresented in academic fields that stress innate talent, due to the influence of stereotypes.

Greener Pastures

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins worries about the state of research funding in the US.

Kitty Genomics

An initiative aims to sequence 99 cat genomes, Nature News reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: mutations in titin associated with dilated cardiomyopathy, and more.

Share It All

An Institute of Medicine report addresses sharing clinical trial data.

Two former employees are bringing a lawsuit against NantHealth that alleges "fraudulent activities," Forbes reports.

Just One for You

The US National Institute of General Medical Sciences announces a plan to limit grants to already well-supported investigators.

An MP in the UK says that too many chief scientific adviser jobs remain empty.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: method to limit genetic side effects of gene therapy in an animal model, and more.

A new analysis in JAMA says the US is losing its historical lead in biomedical research investment and output.

The University of California Press' new open-access journal Collabra plans to pay its reviewers, ScienceInsider says.

A DNA-barcoding approach can help trace air and food contaminants, developers say.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: small RNAs of quorum sensing, alternative splicing in neurons, and more.

Houseflies seem to have co-evolved with people, and have good and bad roles to play, New Scientist says.

A majority of US adults say they'd share their health data for research, but that percentage is down from a previous poll, NPR reports.

Another Go-Round?

Observers wonder whether Roche's investment into Foundation Medicine will be a replay of its Genentech acquisition.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: mutations linked to colorectal cancer in African-Americans, draft Tibetan hulless barley genome, and more.

Still Around

Despite a push toward open-access, Vox's Julia Belluz writes that traditional academic publishers are entrenched.

Baylor researchers develop a 3D map of how the genome folds.

A new report from FASEB not only calls for increases in biomedical funding, but also new approaches.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: QTLs linked to blood metabolite levels, methylation patterns in Arabidopsis thaliana, and more.

Researchers at every stage of their careers are dealing with funding woes, Steve Caplan says at the Guardian.

Hidden in the Seeds

A new initiative aims to characterize the diversity of seed banks.

The Scores' Effect

A researcher looks into how much sway outside peer reviewers' scores have on funding decisions at MRC.


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.

A postdoc position is supposed to be a 'stepping stone,' Nature Jobs says.