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This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: how protein kinase enzyme networks respond to environmental triggers, and more.

Noninvasive prenatal tests are getting caught up in the wider abortion debate, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Omics of Spaceflight

Omic-based twin study hopes to open up areas of research into how spaceflight affects people.

The new Australian prime minister has appointed Christopher Pyne as science minister, according to ScienceInsider.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: regenerative flatworm genome, transmission patterns of autism-linked de novo mutations, and more.

To Know or Not?

There are tests to gauge genetic risk of early onset Alzheimer's disease, but not everyone wants to know.

At the Washington Post, Carolyn Johnson explores the confusion that surrounds the interpretation of many gene variants.

Peter Schultz and Steve Kay are to lead the Scripps Research Institute, according to Nature News.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: parasitoid wasp sequences in butterflies and moths, nuclear sub-proteome of T. cruzi, and more.

Missing the Target

French researchers evaluate the off-label use of molecularly targeted drugs in advanced cancer patients.

At The Atlantic, Ed Yong reports on the MinION's use to track Ebola in Africa.

A new production of 'Photograph 51' takes the stage in London with Nicole Kidman as Rosalind Franklin.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic adaption in Inuit people to a high-protein and fat diet, and more.

A new contest aims to get high school students to think creatively about science.

A new clinic at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is to focus on using sequencing to diagnose rare diseases, reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: UK10K project data enables study of novel variants, and more.

President Obama has nominated Duke University's Robert Califf to be the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Still a Gap

A pair of studies appearing in JAMA examines gender disparities in medical school professorships and researcher startup funding.

Worth the Hassle?

Nature News analysis indicated that new disclosure rules at NIH might not be catching more conflicts of interest.

In Genome Research this week: regulation of alternative splicing events, host genetic-environment interactions' effect on mice gut microbes, and more.

Thomas Insel, director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, will be stepping down in November to join Alphabet.

Discussing the Option

The Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium Pediatrics Working Group presents an ethics-based framework for discussing genome sequencing with pediatric patients and their parents.

New Overlay Journal

A Fields Medal winner is launching an overlay journal that will link to papers at arXiv.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic variation, environmental factors influence infants' attention to emotion, role for miR-150 in maintaining normal retinal blood vessel repertoires, and more.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the handling of samples at four Department of Defense labs, the New York Times reports.


There are an increasing number of job opportunities for genetic counselors, Nature Jobs reports.

At Nature Jobs, Lauren Emily Wright, a postdoc at the University of Padua, writes that time away from the lab can enrich researchers.

A foundation grant director writes at Nature Jobs that applicants should explain their budget requests well.

New faculty members need to allocate their startup funds wisely, and asking around for advice and discarded equipment helps stretch the budget.