The Scan

In Genome Biology this week: horizontal gene transfer in metazoans, field pathogenomics study of wheat fungus, and more.

Three philanthropies have teamed up on a new program to support early career researchers in the biomedical sciences.

Carlos Moedas tells scientists that the plan to use some Horizon 2020 funds for a separate project will stimulate research.

Tumor on a Dish

Researchers are growing tumors in the lab in the hope of guiding cancer treatments.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic characterization of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria strain, comparison of two leprosy-associated bacteria, and more.

An advisory panel report urges the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take certain lab safety steps.

This year's White House Science Fair is underway as students from across the country show off their projects.

Seeds Saved

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas is lauded for its efforts to save its gene bank samples stored in Syria.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: variant linked to language condition common to Chile's Robinson Crusoe Island, expression of certain genes varies with blood pressure, and more.

The National Science Foundation presents a new open-access policy for researchers it funds.

Researchers call out the Irish government's focus on economically important research at the expense of fundamental research.

Papers Pulled

MIT's Robert Weinberg has retracted two papers, and a third is forthcoming, for the improper assembly of figures, Retraction Watch says.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new mutagenic chain reaction method, call for discussion on genome engineering ethics, and more.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is to be the next president of the UK Royal Society, according to Nature News.

A dog shelter is using DNA testing to spur adoptions.

Few Extra in Funding

The newly announced UK budget includes a little bit more for science, ScienceInsider reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genetic analysis of the British population, and more.

Doors to Stay Open

More than two dozen Australian research facilities that were facing closure have been funded, Nature News reports.

The increasing number of research papers being published is leading to a quick turnover of the literature, researchers say in a paper posted at ArXiv.

A new JAMA study finds that the benefit of decreased colorectal cancer risk by taking aspirin erodes in people with certain rare variants.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: software package for calling point mutations in tumor samples, new HLA typing method, and more.

A Staff Award

The US National Cancer Institute is planning a new award for staff scientists.

New Scientist examines the pros and cons of germline genome editing in light of a recent call for a moratorium on the procedure.

A research pair looks into the costs and benefits of grant writing.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: Pseudomonas aeruginosa essential genome, insulinoma sequencing, and more.


If you're looking to make a career change, Nature Jobs notes that's the time to refresh your soft and hard skills — strategically.

A proposed change to labor regulations has some thinking that postdocs may get overtime pay or a raise.

Thomas Magaldi, a career services administrator at the Sloan Kettering Institute, describes how he found that career path at Nature Jobs.

At Bitesize Bio, Dhivya Kumar shares tips for figuring out your post-grad school career move.