The Scan

Old Infections

Researchers have isolated Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Gardnerella vaginalis from an 800-year-old skeleton, New Historian reports.

The New York Times describes work into understanding genomic architecture and topologically associating domains.

Stanford researchers develop a low-cost centrifuge inspired by a whirligig toy.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: strategies for targeting leukemia with MLL translocations, new Perturb-seq approach, and more.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has new guidelines for potential pandemic pathogen research, according to ScienceInsider.

A Little Spritz

An Australian team has developed a method to spray double-stranded RNA on plants to make them resistant to pests, Technology Review reports.

Signatures of Age

Researchers uncover biomarker signatures linked to aging-related conditions, Live Science reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: common, not rare ERAP1 variants linked to ankylosing spondylitis, recurrent VAV1 mutations in peripheral T-cell lymphoma, and more.

Future Considerations

In a survey, many UK academics say the Brexit vote has gotten them to consider leaving higher education, Nature News reports.

Researchers are using breeding and genomic tools to develop American chestnut trees resistant to the blight that all but wiped them out, NPR reports.

The Guardian looks into whether gene editing and other tools might enable "designer babies."

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of common liver fluke, genomic changes in Salmonella Typhi after vaccine introduction, and more.

Little Bit Slower Now

Reuters reports that drug approvals in the US are at a low, but that might reflect a return to previous activity levels.

University of Oklahoma researchers are studying the microbiomes of roadkill for natural products, Chemistry World reports.

Two bills introduced to the US Congress could undermine the role of science in public policy, New Scientist reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: meiotic DNA double-strand break resection, and more.

Peter Nowell Dies

Peter Nowell, one of the discoverers of the Philadelphia chromosome, has died.

Vice President Joe Biden plans to stay focused on cancer issues after leaving the White House, according to the Washington Post.

Left on the Floor

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology researchers are searching for ancient human DNA in the dirt of cave floors, NPR reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: molecular study of esophageal cancer, and more.

Researchers identify genes whose expression is dysregulated in premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

A new analysis looks at the fate of papers rejected by the journal Clinical Otolaryngology.

Social entrepreneurship is becoming more popular with scientists, Wired UK reports.

In Genome Research this week: study of minimized Bacillus subtilis genomes, new computational methods for population genome data, and more.

Changing Pool

Using census data, a team of researchers has pulled together a picture of the US biomedical workforce.


Gladys Kong writes at Fortune that her STEM background has helped her as a CEO.

Social scientists report that the image of the 'lone scientist' might be deterring US students from STEM careers.

Postdocs supported by external funding are less likely to have access to paid parental leave, Nature News reports.

The US National Institutes of Health's new plan will bolster support for early- and mid-career investigators.