The Scan

To Tide Over

The US Congress approves a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through the middle of December.

Shock to the System

A column in the New York Times calls for changes to the scientific publishing system.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: transmission of epigenetic states, and more.

Lab Equality

While society and the lab may be more welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, challenges of course remain.

Source of the Fever

DNA sequencing uncovered a mutation responsible for a man's high fevers and his son's death.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: European population history; Bacterium associated with Cholera recovery.

A suggestion that many of today's notable scientists focus on communicating more than working in the lab.

In Genome Research this week: potential fitness effects of ancient gene duplications, chromatin interaction analysis by paired-end tag sequencing, and more.

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2014 fellows.

A new report calls for increasing R&D spending in the US.

Then Again

23andMe reverses course on its plan to opt users into its relative finder program, Vox reports.

Venture capitalists are investing the most in startups focused on eye-related issues, but investment in hearing-related startups is rising.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: phylogenetic study of beak and feather disease, sorghum genetic population structure coincides with African ethnolinguistic patterns, and more.

Researchers are focusing on the microbial community of plants to improve crops.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: honeybee gut community, exome study of Usher syndrome, and more.

Hospitals are using sequencing to trace outbreaks of disease within their walls.

In a Name

Cancer specialists debate the merits of early screening for disease.

Eye on iPS

Riken scientists develop and implant iPS cells into a patient.

New correspondence regarding the review of the now-retracted STAP papers at various journals has surfaced.

Despite fall in sales, Anne Wojcicki says regulation is taking 23andMe "up a level."

What Say You?

The US National Institutes of Health seeks comment on sex as a biological variable and its plan to require the use of male and female animals, tissues, or cells in preclinical studies.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: differences in immune system response, and more.

To Stay or to Go?

Academics in Scotland are divided over how independence would affect science there.

Estonia has a burgeoning biotech sector, the Trade Secrets blog writes.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: gibbon genome and adaptions, 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.