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The Scan

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.

The First Baby

Trial studying the use of next-generation sequencing-based pre-implantation genetic screening has its first birth, the Guardian reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: database of information on Streptococcus mitis, cockroach gut transcriptome and microbiome, and more.

Lingering Influence

A recent study examines how a paper, despite being retracted, can influence its field, Retraction Watch reports.

France's research minister tells Nature News that he hopes to simplify the research bureaucracy and improve funding.

A Global View

Stat News profiles the Wellcome Trust's Jeremy Farrar.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach to identify gene variants, and more.

New Verily Faces

The San Francisco Business Times examines Verily's latest hires.

Craig Venter's Human Longevity is deeply phenotyping individuals and capturing their genetic profiles to explore aging.

Voting Your Genes

A number of studies indicate that genes might influence political beliefs, Scientific American Mind reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: comprehensive analysis of somatic mutations in breast cancer, and more.

The Pudgy Lab

Researchers link obesity in Labrador retrievers to a deletion in their POMC gene.

Paper Pirates

The users of file-sharing site Sci-Hub work all around the globe where research is going on, Science's John Bohannon reports.

New Academy Members

The US National Academy of Sciences has announced 84 new members and 21 foreign associates.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: transcriptional map of human embryo development, circadian clock genes in acute myeloid leukemia, and more.


After nine years, the Canadian government is loosening its restrictions on government scientists' ability to speak to the press and public.

Tech-Transfer Maven

Lita Nelsen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's technology-transfer office is retiring after decades there.

Two Stanford professors are turning to the online game EteRNA to develop a new way to diagnose tuberculosis.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic method to gauge age of ancient samples, genetic polymorphisms in mouse strain, and more.


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.