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The Scan

Proposed changes to the US Common Rule could affect what samples are available for research, Stat News says.

Ethically, researchers don't have to return research results to the relatives of deceased study participants, Robert Green from Brigham and Women's Hospital writes at the Huffington Post.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: degenerative myopathy risk in corgis, genes influencing Vibrio parahaemolyticus fitness, and more.

Behind Closed Doors

Harvard's George Church says that a project to create synthetic human genomes at the center of last week's controversial meeting is at the 'thought experiment' stage.

Protocols, Please

The Annals of Internal Medicine is requiring authors to publish their clinical trial protocols, according to Retraction Watch.

Fewer, But Better

For better quality, a researcher says in Nature that fewer scientific papers should be published.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genes tied to gliomas in dogs, population genetics of Angora goats, and more.

Save the Birds!

Researchers in Hawaii plan to use genetic engineering to save endangered native birds, says MIT Technology Review.

Theranos Shake-Up

Theranos president and COO Sunny Balwani has left the company as new members are added to its board.

Wage Gap Among PhDs

Women just starting out in the sciences with a PhD earn some 30 percent less than men, a new study reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: a chemical method to synthesize adenine and guanine at high quantities, and more.

Silicon Valley's success stories are donating a lot of money to scientific endeavors — but there could a downside.

'Is That Me?'

A study participant learns that the woman singled out in a paper for harboring a rare gene mutation, high HDL cholesterol, and arterial plaque is herself.

Oh, Put That Anywhere

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-operated lab had its permit for working with dangerous pathogens suspended due to safety violations, USA Today reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: a GWAS of genetic variations associated with education level, the full genome sequence of the carrot, and more.

The television funnyman decried the news media's tendency to sensationalize studies, as well as researchers who feed that tendency.

Grand Ideas for NSF

The director of the US National Science Foundation outlines her research plans for the agency, ScienceInsider reports. 

In the wake of contamination and loose oversight concerns, the National Institutes of Health is reorganizing the leadership of its Clinical Center.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the dynamics of epigenetic marks, an approach for uncovering cancer drivers from transcriptional data, and more.

Top Billing

A study has found that the number of women who are first authors on medical studies has plateaued in recent years.

Genetic tests are helping clinicians determine which prostate cancers need to be treated and which may be indolent, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Going Public

A billionaire entrepreneur is taking his highly valued firm NantHealth public.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: ties between epigenetic changes and metabolic memory, dromedary domestication patterns, and more.

Epigenetic Response

Scientists point out oversights in Pulitzer Prize-winning author and physician Siddhartha Mukherjee's New Yorker piece on epigenetics.

Da Vinci's Code

A group of researchers wants to find and sequence Leonardo da Vinci's genome.


A study finds that some women choose science majors later in their college careers.

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.