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The Scan

The effectiveness of gene drives will likely be dampened by evolution, Nature News reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: study of rice genes and fungal disease resistance, and more.

And Closed

A familial DNA search closed a more than 40-year-old murder case, the Washington Post reports.

Mark Walport has been tapped to run UK Research and Innovation, according to ScienceInsider.

Risk of the Heart

The British Heart Foundation says many in the UK have gene variants that put them at risk of sudden death from heart attacks.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic influence of cattle on Mongolian yaks, and more.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Rep. Tom Price, the pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, bought stock in a pharma firm at a special price.

Scientists are planning to march on Washington to air their concerns about the current political climate, though one researcher says it'll be counterproductive.

In Genome Research this week: American alligator genome assembly, microbiome of premature infants, and more.

The US immigration ban is already having an effect on US science, the New Scientist says.

Researcher Theodora Ross recounts in the New York Times an instance of sabotage that occurred in her lab.

Stat News writes that the new executive order on government regulations could affect the 21st Century Cures Act.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: horizontal gene transfer in grasses, selection patterns in great apes, and more.

University of California, Berkeley's Michael Eisen says he'll be running for the US Senate in 2018, Nature News reports.

Wildlife biologists turn to eDNA as a tool to monitor fish, mammals, and more, NPR says.

New York is weighing allowing familial DNA searches, according to the New York Times.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: social environment contributes to phenotypic variation, zebu genetic patterns and population structure, and more.

Preliminary results from the NASA Twins Study indicate changes in DNA methylation and gene expression due to life in space, Nature News says.

Alterations to Target

Researchers find that genetic testing of pediatric brain cancer can uncover clinically relevant alterations, Technology Review reports.

List Down

Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers is no longer at Scholarly OA, Inside Higher Ed reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: tomato sequencing identifies flavor compounds lost in modern varieties, and more.

A pair of researchers from the American Geophysical Union examines why women are less likely to serve as peer reviewers.

Doing Well

Two children treated with a gene-editing therapy for their leukemia are healthy a year later, according to New Scientist.

EBI researchers find that, in mice, the genetics of one cage mate influences the other's health.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Plasmodium genomes and evolution, novel developmental disorder loci, and more.


Bitesize Bio's Gail Seigel offers some tips on running a low-budget lab.

The GRE isn't a good predictor of graduate school performance or productivity, according to two PLOS One studies.

Bitesize Bio has some advice for scientists ready to leave their current lab behind.

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