The Scan

Three changes could transform hemagglutinin of bird flu to bind more tightly to human receptors, a new study says.

New Model

Stanford University's Jonathan Pritchard and his colleagues propose an 'omnigenic' model for complex traits.

Cradle Sequencing

Veritas Genetics is offering a gene-sequencing service to parents of infants in China, Technology Review reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: click chemistry for evaluating therapies, and more.

A number of researchers are throwing their hats in the ring for public office, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A former research assistant professor has been found guilty of attempted second-degree murder, Retraction Watch reports.

Finding Funds

There are more crowd-funding sites to help researchers finance their science, according to Discover's the Crux blog.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: improved maize reference genome, and more.

The US National Institute of Mental Health has funded fewer clinical trials since it began to emphasize studies of the biological basis of disease, Nature News reports.

Open Seeds

Researchers in Germany have released tomato and wheat seeds under an open-source license, ScienceInsider reports.

Why a Cut?

An opinion piece appearing at Stat News wonders why a budget cut is being sought for the National Institutes of Health.

In Genome Biology this week: dynamics of sex-determining regions in brown algae, genome-engineering software tool, and more.

Lower (Cow) Emissions

A Genome Canada-led project aims to cut down on methane released by cattle, Wired reports.

After the Election

New Scientist writes that the UK's Conservative party is working with a smaller party that doesn't prioritize science, though Nature News adds that a 'softer' Brexit may help science.

What the Birds Sing

Uppsala University researchers have found that the songs of flycatchers may be genetically determined, according to Agence France Presse.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: mosquito gut microbiome interacts with pathogenic fungus, ETAA1 gene has role in proliferative expansion of effector T cells, and more.

Sharpless for NCI

President Donald Trump is to name the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Norman Sharpless as director of the National Cancer Institute.

In letters, CRISPR companies respond to a Nature Methods report of off-target editing effects, Technology Review reports.

'Fun, But'

Business Insider reports that the science for tailoring diet advice on genetic and microbial analysis isn't there yet.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: root-knot nematode sequencing study, somatic mutations linked to uveal melanoma, and more.

Proove Biosciences responds to its visit by federal investigators and concerns surrounding its tests and business approaches.

Molecular and Cellular Biology won't consider misconduct allegations for papers that are more than six years old, Retraction Watch reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: tumors with mismatch repair defects are responsive to immunotherapy, and more.

Federal investigators have searched the offices of Proove Biosciences, Stat News reports.

Michelle Lee, the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, has resigned, IP Watchdog reports.


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.