The Scan

BlackBerry and NantHealth have developed a cancer genome browser for a smartphone.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: cross-omic study of white rot fungus, update to Paracoccidioides genome, and more.

Record Amount

James Watson's Nobel Prize fetches a record $4.1 million at auction.

Technology Review examines who owns the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing approach.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: sequencing as cost-effective way to identify intellectual disability and autism in children, more.

The National Institutes of Health is proposing a policy that says multi-site clinical studies should use a single institutional review board.

XNA Activity

Researchers report in Nature that XNAs can have enzymatic activity.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: results from the African Genome Variation Project, and more.

Subscribers will be able to share read-only copies of Nature articles, the journal publisher has announced. And take our related poll.

Alan Alda's latest science communication challenge is to explain what sleep is.

To Tell?

Science Friday examines whether clinicians should inform family members of a person found to have a genetic risk of disease that they may also be at risk, and more.

In Genome Biology this week: sequencing study of an extensively drug-resistant case of tuberculosis, genomics infrastructure in Africa, and more.

The Year's Best

The Scientist has compiled a list of the top life science products of the year.

According to the security firm FireEye, a new type of hacker has been after publicly traded health care and pharmaceutical companies.

Viral Studies

The Broad Institute's Pardis Sabeti is using genome sequencing to study viruses like Ebola and Lassa, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: pod shattering QTL in soybean, transcriptomic shifts in response to territory intrusions, and more.

DNA plasmids survived a trip into space, researchers from Germany and Switzerland report.

Moving Money Around

The European Commission president has suggested transferring some Horizon 2020 funds to a new investment fund.

Protein Restoration

Shinya Yamanaka and his colleagues have examined genome editing of patient-derived iPS cells to restore full-length dystrophin.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: chloroplast sequences of Echinochloa species, proteomic patterns in island foxes kidney disease, and more.

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.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

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.