The Scan

Over Again

Exact replication of studies may not be the answer to the question of reproducibility in science, Pacific Standard says.

Newborn sequencing studies are expected to begin in the coming year.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: factors modulating association between BMI and FTO gene variants, circadian cycle gene expression changes, and more.

The Good Mutations

Researchers are beginning to search for mutations that protect people from disease.

A new report from Riken says STAP cells were contaminated with cells derived from embryonic stem cell lines.

For Profit Approach

A portion of parents of children with rare diseases is starting companies to find new treatments.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: bacterial community composition patterns, gene signature for late hepatocellular carcinoma recurrence, and more.

Here's Why

Science Friday speaks with researchers whose work has been decried as a waste of taxpayer money.

PNAS study examines the fate of manuscripts submitted to three top medical journals.

A plan that would reorganize the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research draws criticism.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: controllable gene delivery, RefSeq prokaryotic genome dataset update, and more.

A physicist has linked 200 video game consoles together to create a supercomputer.

At the Front, But…

The Guardian discusses the National Health Service genome project in an editorial.

Better Methods Needed

A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's examination of the 2001 anthrax mailings had some scientific shortcomings.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: a handful of mutations drive lung and colorectal cancer, specialization in Salmonella, and more.

NPR's Katherine Harmon Courage digs into her own microbiome and that of her family.

Splicing Predictions

A Toronto-lead team uses machine learning to interpret the genome.

The Sequencing Future

Cheaper sequencing may lead to widespread sequencing, even in unexpected places, The Motley Fool writes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: link between RARRES2 gene and serum chemerin levels, dengue fever assay, and more.


After efforts to replicate STAP cell findings fail, Riken's Haruko Obokata resigns.

Nathaniel Comfort discusses the genomics-enabled future.

Karolinska Institutet researchers report that exercise can influence methylation status at enhancer sites.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: variability in gene expression, and more.

Scientific American's Charles Seife examines the world of "fill-in-the-blanks research."

Share Alike

The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health hopes to enable sharing of genetic data, Technology Review says.


At Bitesize Bio, Dhivya Kumar shares tips for figuring out your post-grad school career move.

At her blog, Dr. Becca details how she plans to deal with low funding as she heads toward tenure review.

At his blog, the Genomic Repairman recounts his transition from PhD student to postdoc.

An advice column response on dealing with an ogling advisor sparks an outcry.