The Scan

The European Parliament asks the nominee for the commission's science and research post some questions.

A study finds that the scientific evidence for the clearance of many medical devices is often not publicly available.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: evolution of mutualism, possible syncytin role in placental formation, and more.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: population structure and ancestry profiles of people in South America and Mexico, microRNAs involved in Kaposi's sarcoma, and more.

The Vulnerabilities

Genome editing could be used to combat diseases like HIV and sickle cell anemia, the Broad's Feng Zhang says.

The War Within

University of California, Santa Cruz, researchers examine the "evolutionary arms race" between the host genome and retrotransposons.

Survival Extension

A study finds that Roche's Perjeta could extend patients' lives, the New York Times reports.

US National Institutes of Health funding goes through periods of highs and lows.

Illumina's deSouza sees sequencing continuing to grow as the genome moves into the clinic.

Few randomized clinical trials are re-analyzed by independent researchers, a study finds.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: epigenetic patterns involved in blood and immune system development, and more.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: the common carp genome, and more.

'Not a Panacea'

People have to be careful when relying on both whole-genome sequencing and big data, says Nobel laureate Walter Gilbert.

Nobel Betting Begins

Thomson Reuters presents its annual predictions of who might take home the Nobel Prize.

Big money philanthropists have been betting on genomic medicine.

Keeping Watch

The US releases guidelines for overseeing dual-use research of concern.

Researchers report varying effective population sizes for men and women throughout human history.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: genome analysis of cicada endosymbiont, germline genome of Oxytricha trifallax, and more.

Smart and Shifty

In a survey, Americans find scientists to be competent, but not necessarily warm and trustworthy.

Cancer genomic testing can reveal tumor subtypes and more, Forbes writes.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: termite genome sequence, transcriptional changes in Cockayne syndrome, and more.

It's No Potato Clock

The winners of the Google Science Fair took on disaster response, food poverty, and more.

What Does It Mean?

Genetic testing, particularly gene panel tests, can produce results that are tricky to make heads or tails of.

More Talking

Harold Varmus and his coauthors of last spring's PNAS editorial on biomedical research funding and training issues say more time is needed to reach a consensus on how to proceed.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: mutual genome reorganization, Aedes aegypti recolonized, and more.


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.