The Scan

The New York Times profiles Jeffrey Hammerbacher, who has moved from Bear Stearns and Facebook to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

All the Generations

With decreasing funding, researchers at different career stages are trying to cope.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gut microbiome patterns linked with necrotizing enterocolitis, proteomic profile of Chikungunya-infected mosquitoes, and more.

A small portion of pregnant women who've undergone non-invasive prenatal testing have found out from the test that they have cancer.

Arsenic Adaptation

Researchers link a genetic variation to the ability to quickly process arsenic in people living in the Andes Mountains.

Seven Steps

The New York Stem Cell Foundation's Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering working group presents seven strategies to promote gender equality in the sciences.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene regulation changes linked to human brain evolution, and more.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Bits of Evidence

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Researchers report that paternally inherited genes are more likely to be expressed in mice.

To the Brink

A lack of funding may lead more than two dozen research facilities in Australia to shut down in three months.

In Genome Research this week: multiplex genotyping of germline and somatic short tandem repeats, graph-based regularization, and more.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a House subcommittee to discuss his agency's budget request.

A panel at the New York Times discusses anonymity and privacy of users of 23andMe's services when access to its database is offered for research.

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision involving the use of "inadvertently shed" DNA in a police investigation and subsequent conviction.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.

Packs a Punch

The genome of the carnivorous bladderwort is smaller than many other plant genomes, but it still holds on to important genes.

A pair of researchers examines political leanings and views on genomics, finding more of a role for optimism and pessimism in people's views.

Things Not Found

With a new collection, PLOS highlights negative results it has published.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: new gene linked to ocular coloboma, new statistical model for interrogating gene expression networks, and more.

Joel Achenbach explores at National Geographic why people find science difficult to believe.

Ancient Wheat

Ancient DNA indicates Stone Age, hunter-gather inhabitants of Britain imported wheat.

Bit of an Increase

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences director says changes the agency made have allow it to boost success rates.


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.