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The Scan

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.

Just the One

An unannounced inspection by FDA has led lab-testing company Theranos to use its tiny vials for only one test, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Sorting out which agency regulates what synthetic biology creation is a source of confusion for the field, a new report says.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: CRISPR-edited pig cell line, and more.

Just a Pinprick

Lab-testing company Theranos isn't using its approach for many of the tests it performs, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A former University of Pennsylvania cancer researcher is being jailed for theft, Philly Confidential reports.

Researchers tested whether genetics experiments could be conducted in space by taking rides on NASA's so-called 'vomit comet.'

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genetic rearrangements in high-risk neuroblastoma, and more.

An editorial in the Los Angeles Times warns lawmakers that policy should be based on the scientific consensus, not the latest fad finding.

The Atlantic looks into how match statistics for forensic DNA databases are interpreted.

In Genome Biology this week: host genetics influence microbiome makeup, draft genomes of parasitic nematodes, and more. is eyeing an expansion into genomic risk assessments, the Verge reports.

'Matter of Time'

Rules and regulations governing genetic modifications of human embryos vary from country to country, Nature News says, but such work may take place despite restrictions.

The Stinky Bank

An op-ed in the New York Times discusses banking of fecal samples to restore the gut microbiome.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: adzuki bean genome, spontaneous mutation patterns in E. coli, and more.

Cancer Research UK unveils seven 'grand challenges' that it will fund researchers to tackle.

Chasing Patent Money

More and more universities are helping their researchers patent their inventions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Want to Know

A survey of Cincinnati schoolchildren finds teenagers want to know their genetic predisposition to disease, LiveScience reports.


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.