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The Scan

New Models

The US National Cancer Institute is phasing out its panel of 60 human cancer cell lines, according to Nature News.

Paul Nurse describes his interdisciplinary vision for the Francis Crick Institute to the Guardian.

A paper from the EteRNA team that relied on gamer community input tested authorship accountability, ScienceInsider reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic evidence of early human-Neanderthal interbreeding, and more.

Just a Few More Weeks

A test to detect the Zika virus is only weeks away, according to the World Health Organization.

Post It

Researchers and publishers met to discuss how biologists could be convinced to embrace preprints, Nature News reports.

Back in to the Coffer

Medical device companies are benefiting from the suspension of a tax on their revenue, NPR reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: retina-specific microRNAs, approach for finding somatic structural variants in cancer genomes, and more.

Failure to replicate is nothing to worry about, writes Stuart Firestein in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.

For Success

Erin O'Shea, the next HHMI president, plans to enable women and under-represented groups to be successful, Nature News reports.

Testing, Testing

Deciding whether to take a genetic test is a personal decision and one that can be guided by a genetic counselor, two experts say at Stat News.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: deep phenotyping of xeroderma pigmentosum, role of PREX2 mutations in melanoma development, and more.

To Spot it Early

Jeff Huber, former Google X senior vice president, joins Grail as its CEO.

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition calling for zero tolerance to sexual harassment in the sciences.

Got to Get Ahead

Japan needs to catch up on its gene-editing research efforts, the Japan News writes.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: Neanderthal-derived DNA linked to modern ailments, and more.

Journals and research funding agencies pledge to enable the sharing of Zika virus research.

Thirty Days

Walgreens has given Theranos 30 days to fix its lab issues, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Bringing the Biotech

Marc Tessier-Lavigne is to be the next president of Stanford University.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: weighting scheme increases GWAS power, and more.

Intelligence officials in the US have added gene editing to a list of weapons of mass destruction.

The Whole Thing

Sure Genomics begins to offer direct-to-consumer genome sequencing for $2,500.

President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 includes an increase for NIH, but seeks some of it as mandatory funding.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: characterization of functional genomic features in breast cancer cell lines, epigenetic pattern linked to obesity, and more.

If science funding agencies can talk tough about sexual harassers, shouldn't they also put their talk into action?


The US National Labor Relations Board rules that graduate assistants have the right to unionize.

Sociologists find that dual-career programs are important for recruiting female academics, Inside Higher Ed reports.

Many more PhDs are produced in the sciences than there are tenure-track professor positions, the New York Times reports.

The Huffington Post explores why female graduate students might not report sexual harassment.