The Scan

BioMed Central has uncovered several instances of fake peer reviewers, according to Retraction Watch.

A writer at Discover gets a DNA-based ancestry test for her three mixed-breed dogs, and a related poll.

Between Two Worlds

The Sacramento Bee takes a look at what Mars genomics researcher Howard-Yana Shapiro has been working on.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: multi-omic characterization of lung cancer lines, open-access database of dog and wolf SNPs, and more.

Researchers have characterized the microbes living on four public bathroom surfaces over time.

DNA analysis indicates that a wolf sighted in northern Arizona traveled some 450 miles to get there.

A Year On

The Guardian chats with 2013 Nobel laureate Randy Schekman.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: exome sequencing of family with essential tremor, single-cell profiling of ALL, and more.

James Watson's Nobel Prize is to be auctioned off by Christie's in December.

The Gates Foundation plans to require its grantees to publish in open-access journals.

Who Needs Advice?

The New Yorker's Michael Specter discusses the elimination of the European Commission chief scientific adviser position.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: loci linked to aggressive prostate cancer, metabolic profiling of mice with Chagas disease, and more.

Price of Business

Nature examines indirect costs and how they are calculated.

Just Peachy

A startup says its DNA laser printing approach can create probiotics to make women's vaginas smell like peaches.

Squad Car Profiling

Law enforcement agencies are enthusiastic about the potential for rapid DNA profiling, Mother Jones reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: comparison of mouse and human regulatory DNA regions, and more.

And the Result Is…

The US National Institutes of Health aims to promote the sharing of findings from clinical trials.

R&D Dollars

China is projected to spend more on research and development than the US by the end of the decade, a new report says.

Researchers link a gene variant to an increased likelihood of being in a relationship.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Mouse ENCODE results, and more.

Natural Knockouts

Some drug companies are searching for people who naturally lack a working copy of a gene to see if that can help them find new drug targets.

Current metrics that evaluate academic research need to change but so-called altmetrics aren't mature enough to be widely used, writes Andy Tattersall at The Conversation.

Mice exposed to stress early in life can be better at coping and have epigenetic alterations that they may pass on to their offspring.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: long non-coding RNA involved in breast cancer metastasis, single-haplotype iterative mapping and sequencing of mouse Y chromosome, and more.

Both at the Same Time

A trio of researchers envisions a place for both population-scale and personalized medicine.


A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.

Lauren Celano at Nature Jobs describes the differences between the resume and the CV.

A postdoc position is supposed to be a 'stepping stone,' Nature Jobs says.