The Scan

Right for the Test

A new study finds that Angelina Jolie's 2013 op-ed about her preventive double mastectomy encouraged high-risk women to undergo genetic testing.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: barley transcriptome profiling, prevalence of aneuploidy in various tissues, and more.

A Dog's Lab

Researchers in Edinburgh are studying the Labrador retriever genome.

Home Sweet Microbiome

The bacterial community of a home resembles that of its occupants, according to a recent Science paper.

High-cost Drugs

The UK will inject more cash into its fund for pricey cancer drugs, but it also wants to see results.

All of It

Researchers report a gapless sequence of an Escherichia coli serotype that can cause food poisoning.

Legal action probably isn't an option for combating predatory scientific publishing, which means academics must carefully vet journals that offer to publish their work.

A new initiative will tackle the reproducibility problem.

The US government takes steps to address a recent spate of serious biosafety lapses.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: ENCODE and modENCODE results, and honeybee genomes.

Primetime Bioethics

A TV production company is working up a drama about bioethical conundrums.

R&D Concentration

A majority of US corporate R&D happens in 10 states.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: cancer subtypes, metabolic gene expression, and more.

Sequencing to Go

Portable DNA sequencing is coming, but there will be kinks to work out.

Traveling Genome

The Smithsonian's genomics exhibit will tour the country.

Investment Boom

A venture capital surge pours investments into the life sciences.

Will genome sequencing prod healthcare costs upward?

Biopharmed drugs offer much promise; but how should they be regulated?

This Week in PNAS

Inflammatory genes, diabetes risk mutations, squirrel defenses.

When More is Less

As ecological studies grow in complexity, they may explain less.

Twin Town

A small city's twins lure scientists.

As consumer genomics expands, genetic genealogy also gains ground.

This Week in PLOS

Lizard tails, the vaginal microbiome, and the tsetse genome.

Researchers in Argentina are worried about how the country's financial straits will affect them.

A study suggests that cancer might be a fact of metazoan life.


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.