The Scan

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.

An artist creates sculptures based on DNA discarded by strangers.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: detecting DNA double-strand breaks made by engineered nucleases, and more.

For the Answer

NIH Director Francis Collins discusses the promise of clinical genome sequencing for pinpointing molecular causes of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Microbial Evidence

Researchers find that hairs harbor individualized microbial communities, a finding that could have applications to forensics, particularly sex crimes.

Guideline Change

The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a set of revised guidelines.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: new targets to treat Cryptococcus neoformans, map of chromatin contact patterns, and more.

The Screening Test

Reporter Beth Daley finds that some doctors and patients are placing too much stock in the outcomes of non-invasive prenatal tests.

The Mouse Version

Some cancer patients are turning to mouse avatars to personalize their treatments.

The Smithsonian Institution is launching a biodiversity genomics institute.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: proteogenomic approach to profile post-translational modifications and gene expression, ancient horse genomes, and more.

The US National Institutes of Health is ending the longitudinal National Children's Study.

Lego is bringing back its limited edition Research Institute set with female scientists, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: lipid metabolites linked to heart disease risk, transcriptomic conservation in fish, and more.

Researchers have developed genome maps that show how DNA loops together.

Recent studies indicate that hangover severity may be heritable, the Guardian reports.

Sewer Sequences

Researchers consider sequencing sewage as a means of tracking outbreaks.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: bird genome sequences and insight into their evolution, and more.

Secrets of the Cell

Billionaire Paul Allen has launched a new institute to study cellular components.

Another Extension

Joshua Krisch at Scientific American's Observations blog discusses the R&D tax credit.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: multiple rare genetic mutations linked to early-onset heart attack, and more.

And Deal

The US Congress reached a budget deal yesterday, and poll.

Money and the Prize

The billionaire purchaser of James Watson's Nobel Prize wants him to keep it.


Thomas Magaldi, a career services administrator at the Sloan Kettering Institute, describes how he found that career path at Nature Jobs.

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.