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The Scan

The Plans

Science delves further into what other researchers knew about CRISPR scientist He Jiankui's plans, including his early-stage ideas for a clinic.

From Dog to Dog

Researchers characterize and trace the origins of a transmissible dog cancer, Wired reports.

MPR News reports on efforts to tighten protections for genetic testing customers.

In Science this week: genomic basis of how fish evolutionary adapted to humans, modified stem cells show promise in animal models for treating hemoglobin disorders, and more.

A new study finds that the human microbiome might be largely sterile.

And Not a Vampire

The Washington Post reports that a man treated as if he were a vampire after death in the 1800s was likely, based on genetic and other analyses, a man named John Barber who had tuberculosis.

Concerning Sentiments

Science reports that increasing anti-Chinese sentiment in the US troubles researchers in China.

In Nature this week: eight loci linked to PTSD in US Million Veteran Program study, new hybrid metagenomic assembler, and more.

A Japanese researcher may soon be developing rat and mouse embryos with human cells as part of a plan to eventually develop organs for transplants, according to Nature News.

Skipping the Delays

Kentucky law enforcement officials are testing a rapid DNA analyzer in sexual assault cases, CNBC reports.

Avoid the Predators

Three medical writing organizations warn about the harm predatory journals could do to the scientific literature.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: the hidden human proteome, single-cell-based expression signatures, and more.

Genome of Dragons

Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the genomes of two Komodo dragons, the International Business Times reports.

Slow Adoption

Reuters reports that slow adoption of CAR-T therapies might be tied to their high prices.

High Retraction Rate

Researchers estimate a high retraction rate among genetics articles, according to The Scientist.

In PNAS this week: intronic STAT3 splice site linked to autosomal dominant primary immunodeficiency condition, human B lymphocyte changes following Epstein-Barr virus exposure, and more.

Here Are Some Hoops

The US National Institutes of Health outlines how it will be handling restrictions on fetal tissue research, according to ScienceInsider.

The World Health Organization says it accepts its panel's finding that moving forward with clinical applications of germline genome editing would be irresponsible.

Researchers are investigating whether gene drives could help control pests affecting farms, but note that public assent is crucial, Harvest Public Media reports.

In PLOS this week: reference bias effects in ancient genomics, tsetse fly genetic diversity, and more.

The first trial using CRISPR within the human body is to begin this fall to treat a form of blindness.


Plan No Longer

The Guardian reports that the National Health Service is abandoning its plan to allow healthy people to pay for genomic analysis.

New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has selected his brother Jo Johnson, who is largely liked by researchers, to join the cabinet, Nature News reports.

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences the development and function of skeletal muscle in mice, and more.

AdventHealth in Orlando is offering its members free DNA testing, the Associated Press reports, noting that it also plans to use the data collected in research.


A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.

A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.

At the Guardian, the University of Edinburgh's Nikolay Ogryzko argues that universities need to better invest in postdocs' careers.