The Scan

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: DNA methylation and T cell exhaustion, longevity in C. elegans, and more.

Bit of Uncertainty

The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Effect of Sex

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Better Microbes

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.

Capturing Diversity

A company hopes to capture the genetic diversity in India to power tailored therapeutics, BBC News reports.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved an RNAi-based insecticide, according to the Atlantic.

Sleepless Genes

Researchers tie variants in seven genes to insomnia risk, Live Science reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: locus near OAS1 linked to Sjogren's syndrome, rotavirus reassortment events uncovered by sequencing, and more.

Technology companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are recruiting bioinformaticians, CNBC reports.

Bumped Down

The fastest US supercomputer has dropped to fourth place in global rankings, Technology Review reports.

Nature News reports that a US court has ordered paper-sharing sites to pay damages to publisher Elsevier.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: influence of gut microbiome metabolism on host, and more.

A metagenomic test of spinal fluid found that a man's encephalitis was due to a tapeworm, Scientific American reports.

What About the Data?

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner says that online genetic testing services don't always describe the privacy implications of using their tests, the Irish Times reports.

University of California, Davis researchers have filmed single DNA strands undergoing replication, Newsweek reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: fetal variants influence maternal risk of preeclampsia, and more.

Wellcome Trust's Jeremy Farrar discusses the effect of Brexit on science in the UK in The Times.

The Old Oak Tree

University of Lausanne researchers sequenced different leaves from a 234-year-old oak tree to find few accumulated mutations, Nature News reports.

The Brainy Ones

A new study examines the role of rare variants in intelligence, according to New Scientist.

In Genome Research this week: population genomics and genome dynamics of Chlamydia, non-coding mutation found in microcephaly-micromelia syndrome, and more.

The Rise of the Cat

Ancient DNA analysis gives insight into cat domestication and movements around the world.

Exxon Mobil and Synthetic Genomics say they've coaxed algae to produce higher amounts of lipids, Reuters reports.

A new Australian service offers whole-genome sequencing and a health assessment, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: analytical method for assessing shared variants, treatment targets in hereditary pancreatic cancer, and more.


New study finds bias against female lecturers among student course evaluations, the Economist reports.

A research duo finds that science and technology graduate students who turn away from academic careers do so because of changes in their own interests.

Students whose classmates are interested in science are more likely to think about a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a new study says.

CNBC reports that the genetic counseling field is expected to grow as personalized medicine becomes more common.