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This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: founder mutation linked to some leukoencephalopathy cases, transcript and protein profiles of the kissing bug, and more.

A molecular autopsy has aided a woman's search for why sudden cardiac death has stalked her family, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A Lab at Home

Mexico is trying to lure young genomics researchers back home with their own labs, Science reports.

An advocacy group sues the US Food and Drug Administration over redactions of information about advisory committee members, Stat News reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: role for RNA splicing in genetic variation, and more.

With sequencing moving toward applications, Illumina CEO Francis deSouza says his company has even more to offer, Fast Company reports.

A Pretty Penny

NantKwest's Patrick Soon-Shiong received some $148 million in compensation in 2015.

In a Science Translational Medicine opinion piece, a Merck executive suggests that universities offer money-back guarantees on their research.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: sequencing technique to uncover plant disease-resistance genes, and more.

Matthew Gillman is to lead the re-vamped National Children's Study, ScienceInsider reports.

Researchers air concerns about the coordination and focus of the US Cancer Moonshot Initiative, Nature News reports.

The Weills are donating $185 million to the University of California, San Francisco, according to the New York Times.

In Genome Research this week: study of repeat family Platy-1 in marmosets, fragmentation-based method for finding CNVs, and more.

Another Tweak Here

Protective genetic mutations are providing a blueprint for companies wanting to treat sickle cell, Scientific American reports.

Search for a Test

NPR tells the story of biologists Lee and Len Herzenberg, whose son with Down syndrome spurred them to search for a blood test for the condition.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: glioma molecular subgroups, genetic features of red rust pathogen, and more.

Rady Children's Hospital's Stephen Kingsmore is being included in the Guinness World Records for making the fastest genetic diagnosis.

Such High Hopes

Hopes may be running a bit too high for personalized cancer vaccines for some researchers, Nature News reports.

WHO Search Begins

The World Health Organization has begun looking for a new director general, Stat News says.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: evolutionary history of polyomaviruses, mutations linked to colon cancer progression, and more.

A task force presents its recommendation on how to bolster safety and quality at the National Institutes of Health.

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf says the agency needs to work with industry so it keeps up with changes in the field.

QuantuMDx says its low-cost, handheld device will be able to quickly diagnose patients, as the Guardian reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genomic analysis of Galapagos Island finches, and more.

An analysis finds that improperly duplicated images can be found in at least one in 25 papers.


The US National Labor Relations Board rules that graduate assistants have the right to unionize.

Sociologists find that dual-career programs are important for recruiting female academics, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Many more PhDs are produced in the sciences than there are tenure-track professor positions, the New York Times reports.

The Huffington Post explores why female graduate students might not report sexual harassment.