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The Scan

Vice President Joe Biden has announced the creation of a Genomic Data Commons.

A team of psychologists uncovers a polygenic score it says can gauge later success in life, New Scientist reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: ancient Aboriginal Australian mitochondrial genomes, metabolic dynamics of Staphylococcus aureus strains, and more.

Senior clinicians and researchers at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center criticize a report that found fault with the culture at the center, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Big biotechs are increasingly acting like big pharma, according to Stat News.

Spot for Information

Families and patients coping with very rare genetic diseases have a new website where they can seek information and, perhaps, a sense of community, NPR reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: structural variation linked to chicken muffs and beards, targeted sequencing to diagnose inborn errors of metabolism, and more.

From Scratch

Researchers and business leaders unveil their plan for HGP-write to synthesize full genomes.

Define Your Terms

Stanford University researchers develop a vocabulary for discussing just what research reproducibility means.

The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity has developed a policy to handle the oversight of gain-of-function studies, ScienceInsider says.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: CRISPR can be adapted to modify RNA, two dog domestication events, and more.

When a virologist heads to the International Space Station this summer, one experiment she'll be overseeing is to gauge whether sequencing experiments can be done in space.

And, Poof, It's Gone

Forbes has lowered the estimated net worth of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to nothing.

The Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will continue to support the open-access journal eLife, according to Nature News.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genes behind color patterns in moths and butterflies, and more.

With its eye on a Nobel Prize, South Korea is investing in basic research, Nature News reports.

Researchers are scouring samples for antibiotic resistance genes using sequencing, NBC News reports.

Financial Connections

Organizations drawing up clinical practice guidelines often have financial relationships with biomedical companies that are not disclosed, a Canadian research team finds.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: essential Bacillus subtilis genes, human skin microbiome stability, and more.

The European Union calls for all publicly funded scientific papers to be immediately freely accessible to the public by 2020.

On the Go

The New York Times writes that the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology's Emmanuelle Charpentier has always been on the move, though now it's more about CRISPR.

Tech companies like Microsoft are looking into DNA as a data storage device, Scientific American writes.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: peanut subgenome progenitor sequence, homozygosity mapping and linkage analyses using exome data, and more.

Surprise Proposal

French researchers criticize unexpected government plan to cut research funding, ScienceInsider reports.

Sing It

The director of the National Institutes of Health Francis Collins sang the national anthem this week before a baseball game.


Bitesize Bio offers some word of wisdom for designing a new lab.

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.