The Scan

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.

Faster, But…

Harvard professor tells NPR that the 21st Century Cures Act could lead patients to get treatments that won't work for them.

Another Round

Human geneticist David Latchman faces a new research misconduct probe, the Guardian reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: population genomic study of hematopoietic regulation, proteasome subunit patterns in cancer, and more.

The Big Ones of 2016

The biggest biology stories of the year include the Zika virus, CRISPR, and more, according to Wired.

Oh, Turn It Off

Researchers uncover anti-CRISPR proteins that could help genetic engineering to be safer.

Researchers try to increase numbers of minorities in cancer immunotherapy trials, the New York Times reports.

App for the Whole Lab

Some research labs are turning to group messaging apps to communicate, according to Nature News.

A New Phage or Two

Two high school students in Kentucky uncovered novel bacteriophages as part of a genomics class, the Kentucky New Era reports.

The Atlantic writes that white nationalists are interested in genetic ancestry testing.


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.