The Scan

Fight It Off

Mouse model indicates that gut bacteria may help hosts avoid viral infections.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: variants of small effect influence cognitive ability, genomic characterization of haloarchaea, and more.

No Science Post

New set of European policy advisers lacks a scientific post.

The Lobby Effect

A pair of professors examines the influence of lobbying on federal biomedical research funding.

Root of the Issue

The Idiopathic Diseases of Man study has been able to identify the likely source of a girl's health issues.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic analysis of tumors informs drug combinations, map of meiotic DNA double-strand breaks, and more.

To find better treatments for depression, the Broad Institute's Steven Hyman says a large-scale genetic study of the condition is needed.

Researchers link mitochondrial dysfunction to glaucoma.

Researchers scour the genomes of supercentenarians, looking for a clue to long life, but come up short.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: variant linked to reduced typhoid fever risk, and more.

With Your Mind!

Researchers have coupled optogenetics with cybernetics to control gene expression using brain waves.

Contamination may be affecting a number of microbiome studies, according to a new paper out in BMC Biology.

BioRxiv Turns One

The creators of BioRxiv say the preprint server is off to a good start.

In Genome Research this week: genomic characterization of E. coli found outside the intestines, single haplotype human genome assembly, and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: cat domestication signatures, transcriptional artifacts linked to blood sample storage, and more.

The Look of It

Co.Design says Fluidigm's Juno system looks likes a cross between a Jawbone speaker and a 1980s Macintosh.

An Australian research team describes the life cycle of neochromosomes.

To the Neuron

A combination of genomic analysis and iPS cell-based studies homed in on a possible cause of a boy's autism.

Star-studded Prize

Jennifer Doudna, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Victor Ambros, and Gary Ruvkun are among the winners of the Breakthrough prize.

Dan Koboldt at MassGenomics discusses the challenges of more extensive whole-genome sequencing.

Organizing It All

Decode is using a genomically ordered relations database to handle its data, IEEE Spectrum says.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: rhythms in DNA methylation patterns, Jerusalem artichoke transcriptome, and more.

The Human Protein Atlas finds that the tissue in the human body harboring the highest number of unique proteins is the testis.

Google is offering genome data storage and analysis, Tech Review says.

Change Afoot?

The Chinese government plans to change how it awards research grants.


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.