The Scan

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.

Cassava's Turn

Bill Gates is enthralled with genetic research that may make it easier to breed cassava.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: proteins involved in replisome disassembly, and more.

The gut microbiome can influence conditions like depression and anxiety, researchers are beginning to find.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: 45,000-year-old modern human genome sequence, and more.

With new awards, the US National Institutes of Health aims to diversity the biomedical workforce.

Genomics is aiding in the fight against Ebola, the New Yorker notes.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: sgRNA and CRISPR studies, and microbial communities in the mouse gut.

A 32-year-old freelance journalist and mother discusses the implications of testing positive for BRCA1.

DNA testing reveals King Tut's parents were brother and sister.

John Ioannidis has some suggestions that he believes could help improve the accuracy of published research results.

A GWAS has identified a SNP that may explain why some Hispanic women are less likely to develop the disease.

Don't Chew The Pills!

Seeking to circumvent challenges faced in fecal transplants for treating C. difficile infections, researchers have developed … poop pills.

iPad Eye Scan

Researchers tested an app for the iPad that could be used to screen for glaucoma.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: transcriptome sequencing study of metastatic breast cancer cells, transcriptome evolution in quid, and more.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: systems biology approach to study lung flukes, investigating a virus from the Bunyaviridae family, and more.

Pause and Deliberate

The White House has suspended funding and called for a moratorium on gain-of-function research as it seeks guidance.

A claim that genetic analysis identified Jack the Ripper is now being questioned by molecular biology experts.

FDA may have cracked down on DTC genetics, but data interpretation services are out there.

But Soda's So Good

Researchers link sugary sodas to increased cellular aging.

Street Rats

A study of New York rats finds that they carry a number of pathogens.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: changing consumer genomics field in Europe, and more.


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.