The Scan

An op-ed in the New York Times wonders whether access to the smallpox genome should be restricted.

Maybe Not So Smart

The results of genetic studies of intelligence may not be all they're cracked up to be.

CRO Future

Contract research organization sales are expected to grow, says Ed Silverman at Pharmalot.

In Genome Research this week: population diversity of Burkholderia pathogens, multiple sequence alignment competition results, and more

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: no copy-number changes in Li-Fraumeni affected family, genomic characterization of crustacean parasite, and more.

Facing the Past

An exhibit at NYU looks into eugenics in the US and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

As part of a new competitiveness agenda, the Australian government is forming a 10-expert council.

Researchers are investigating networks of disease.

The role of copy-number variants in developmental disorders is being studied.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: microdeletion linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, epigenetic changes and parasite survival, and more.

Cell line contamination leads one group to retract a paper.

NPR speaks with Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, about genome editing.

Winning a Nobel Prize changes the recipient's life, sometimes in unexpected ways.

A microRNA- and cloud-based system aims to help detect cancer early, Wired reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: visualizing how HIV enters host cell, and more.

Money for Big Data

The US National Institutes of Health awarded grants aimed at making sense of big biomedical data.

A Fraud Blockbuster

A fictionalized movie version of the Hwang Woo-Suk cloning scandal is in Korean theaters.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: additional variants linked to human height, and more.

US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg discussed the speed of medical device reviews at AdvaMed.

A Grand Challenge is looking for ideas from any source.

The Nanoscopy Nobel

A trio of researchers wins this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pushing the boundaries of microscopy to the nanoscale.

Lone Star Biotech

BioSpace writes that Texas is a biotech hotspot.

In Genome Biology this week: Anopheles stephensi genome and annotation, CNVs in low-grade gliomas, and more.

Shiny Medal

Bruce Alberts is among this year's National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners.

Raising Money

Britain leads other European countries in biotech cash raised for the first half of the year.


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.