The Scan

Faced with steep competition, some scientists are taking themselves out of the research game.

Ups and Downs

In this bust swing of the boom-and-bust cycle of research funding, some researchers are facing the shuttering of their labs.

Everybody's Got 'Em

Researchers gauge the frequency of pathogenic alleles in a population and discuss what it means for returning incidental findings.

A Portuguese economist has been nominated to the science spot on the European Commission.

In Genome Biology this week: changes in lncRNA profiles in lung cancer, breast cancer classification system, and more.

As one set of researchers slams the results generated by Oxford Nanopore's MinIon, others say improvement have occurred and will continue to occur.

Genetic testing — even ancestry testing — doesn't always lead to happy endings, Vox reports.

Mary-Claire King, one of the new Lasker Award winners, calls for more widespread genetic screening for breast cancer.

Has genomic analysis finally named Jack the Ripper?

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: breast or ovarian cancer risk estimates, SNPs linked to cognitive performance, and more.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: divergence in rabbit genomes, loci linked to Alzheimer's disease, and more.

On the recesses of lab shelves, both the US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration found forgotten samples of hazardous items.

Across Generations

The Observer examines how epigenetics may influence health and disease, and whether the field is over-hyped.

Reproducibility Focus

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking comments on reproducibility in science.

Church Opens Up

George Church's visions involve rewriting the genome, lengthening lifespans, and authoring evolution.

Flawed Analysis

An analytical flaw leads to the retraction of a paper on schizophrenia-related SNPs.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: a coffee genome, analyzing ocean microbes.

US universities saw flat federal funding in 2012 for basic R&D.

When more science PhDs leave academic labs, where do they go?

The X Prize Foundation has unveiled its final contestants for the $10 million 'Tricorder' competition.

Science Send-ups

Satirical news outlets offer different takes on science.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: homologous recombination between RNA and DNA, monitoring high-throughput sequencing.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: NutriChem database, essential genes in gonorrhea pathogen, and more.

Researchers have been able to collect DNA from the footprints left in the snow by a polar bear.

Possible Plan

Australia's chief scientist outlines a strategy for the nation, but doesn't know whether it will be followed.


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.