The Scan

They Call Me CWC15

The New York Times describes how genes come by their names.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic approach to examine fungal speciation, de novo sequencing of rice species, and more.

What's Healthy?

In an op-ed, Ed Yong argues that there is much researchers don't know about the microbiome and how it relates to health.

Peek Inside

Jonathan Rothberg is developing a new portable ultrasound device, Technology Review reports.

Disease Connection

A gene involved in a rare genetic disease may also hold clues for Ebola research.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: de novo mutations in intellectual disability, miRNAs in medaka fish, and more.

Floating Within

The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Dennis Lo is working on a way to spot cancer using cell-free DNA.

That's One Way to Go

New head of Australian research agency says to explore water dowsing.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic factors seem to influence Ebola infection outcomes, and more.

Share the Code

In an editorial, Nature calls for greater sharing of computer code.

Electric DNA

Researchers report on conducting a charge through a long DNA molecule.

Ounce of Prevention

Researchers say that genome sequencing has a role in cancer prevention strategies.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: new approach to find genetic changes in autoimmune disease, and more.

Human Knockouts

Researchers release data on trove of natural human "knockouts."

Using nanoparticles and a wearable sensor, a Google X project hopes to monitor users' blood for early signs of disease.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of integrating genome-wide methylation data, Mouse Genome Database features, and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: gene expression patterns linked with circadian cycles, metagenomic sequencing of caribou feces, and more.

Sorta Safe and Secure

Pharmalot's Ed Silverman wonders how secure the Food and Drug Administration computer system is.

Researchers respond to the new sex equality policy at the US National Institutes of Health.

As ideas about the role of bacteria in the microbiome shift, so do claims about health.

US Senator Tom Coburn releases his list of wasteful government projects.

Back to the Beginning

NPR's TED Radio Hour examines origins, including human beginnings.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: catalog of parasitic helminth worms in rat intestines, horse CNV patterns, and more.

No Sweating

Genome-wide analysis homes in on a mutation linked to the inability to sweat in one family.

Billion More?

Two US Senators are working to increase biomedical research funding in the US.


Graduate students in India are protesting their low pay.

A study of hiring patterns appearing in Science Advances finds that institutional prestige of where someone got their PhD affects where they land a faculty position.

Twitter may not just be a land of over-sharing and self-promotion, but also a place to grow scientific contacts and possibly land a job, Nature reports.

The US National Institutes of Health is seeking thoughts on the development of an emeritus award for senior researchers.