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This Week in Science

In Science this week: proof-reading reverse transcriptase, call for integration of engineering and physical sciences with biomedical science, and more.

Researchers uncover genetic variants that could be behind a number of unexplained sudden cardiac deaths.

A couple is using their sequencing results to guide their healthcare, diet, and more.

France is to invest €670 million in personalized medicine centers, according to RFI.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: maximum-depth sequencing to detect rare variants, and more.

Zika Beware

The FDA has just approved the first clinical trial for a DNA-based vaccine for the Zika virus, Technology Review reports.

A federal safety panel gives the go-ahead to a study that plans to use CRISPR to alter patients' immune cells to treat their cancer.

Zombie Genes Awaken!

Researchers find that certain genes have increased expression after death, New Scientist reports.

In Genome Research this week: a tool to assess the quality of de novo transcriptome assemblies, characterizing genes in the soil amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, and more.

Nature highlights a crop of Chinese researchers, including a geneticist focusing on ancient DNA and a plant biologist applying genome editing.

Officials from federal agencies and some lawmakers say a proposal to increase set-asides for research at small businesses would take away from basic research.

Technology Review's Antonio Regalado takes a look at 23andMe's data-selling business.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence of sympatric speciation in blind mole rats, Tibetan population history, and more.

Most researchers in the UK oppose leaving the European Union, Technology Review reports.

Genetic evidence of a break in the paternal line a few generations back bolsters a rival claim to a Scottish baronetcy, the Guardian reports.

Market Creator

Business Insider includes Illumina's Jay Flatley on its list of creators.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: approach for finding genes involved in oncogenesis, new adenovirus species found in penguins, and more.

A safety panel is to review a proposal next week to use CRISPR as part of a cancer treatment, Technology Review reports.

Patterns in the Data

US Department of Energy supercomputers will help power the Cancer Moonshot initiative, Stat News reports.

Certain Numbers

A psychologist finds that having a certain number of women already in a STEM field might help recruit even more, NPR reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: RNA-based therapies, biomarkers in precision medicine, and more.

That Pesky Last Bit

In a Scientific American blog post, Skip Garner calls on researchers to finish that last 1 percent of the human genome.

At a Cost

New gene therapies are promising, but also pricey, Nature News writes.

Critical Reports

Senators point to critical GAO reports on FDA as reason to take up the 21st Century Cures Act, Stat News reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: effect of genetic diversity on the proteome and sequence of virus linked to panda deaths.


A trio of editors from the Nature family of journals describes what make a peer review a good one.

Spots in genetic counseling training programs are competitive, Maclean's reports.

Bitesize Bio offers some tips to make PubMed searches more efficient.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals comes out on top of Science Careers' ranking of best biotech and pharma employers.