The Scan

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genome of an ancient European Russian man, and more.

Journal editors and others have developed a set of guidelines for reporting preclinical research to help address the issue of reproducibility.

And Covered

Google is to cover cancer genome testing for employees beginning in 2015.

With the coming change in party in control of the US Senate, the heads of committees overseeing science policy and funding will also change.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: golden snub-nosed monkey genome, and more.

Changes to Gut Bugs

A new study finds that the human gut microbiome diverged rapidly from the ape microbiome.

The Snake that Did It

Researchers are using DNA left at snakebite sites to identify whether the offending snake was venomous and to guide the treatment of victims.

In Genome Biology this week: comparative genomic study of Legionella species, housefly genome, and more.

Researchers are citing more and more older publications, according to a Google analysis.

Use in Court

Next-generation sequencing is to be highlighted as a forensic tool during a case being prosecuted in Boston.

They Call Me CWC15

The New York Times describes how genes come by their names.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic approach to examine fungal speciation, de novo sequencing of rice species, and more.

What's Healthy?

In an op-ed, Ed Yong argues that there is much researchers don't know about the microbiome and how it relates to health.

Peek Inside

Jonathan Rothberg is developing a new portable ultrasound device, Technology Review reports.

Disease Connection

A gene involved in a rare genetic disease may also hold clues for Ebola research.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: de novo mutations in intellectual disability, miRNAs in medaka fish, and more.

Floating Within

The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Dennis Lo is working on a way to spot cancer using cell-free DNA.

That's One Way to Go

New head of Australian research agency says to explore water dowsing.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic factors seem to influence Ebola infection outcomes, and more.

Share the Code

In an editorial, Nature calls for greater sharing of computer code.

Electric DNA

Researchers report on conducting a charge through a long DNA molecule.

Ounce of Prevention

Researchers say that genome sequencing has a role in cancer prevention strategies.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: new approach to find genetic changes in autoimmune disease, and more.

Human Knockouts

Researchers release data on trove of natural human "knockouts."

Using nanoparticles and a wearable sensor, a Google X project hopes to monitor users' blood for early signs of disease.


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.