The Scan

Yoshiki Sasai Dies

Stem cell researcher Yoshiki Sasai has died.

Web Portal to Papers

The US Department of Energy unveils its open access plan.

Doing It Themselves

A patient advocacy group has submitted a draft guidance to FDA for drug development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genes and pathways linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, microRNAs associated with liver damage, and more.

According to a new estimate, 11 percent of cell cultures may be contaminated with mycoplasma.

Fine Balance

An editorial in the Observer praises the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project but cautions that patient data must be handled properly.

Fido's Prescription

Biotech start-ups are expanding into the pet markets.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic adaptations in Tibetan grey wolves, epigenetic changes in tumor metastasis, and more.

On its consumer education page, the US Food and Drug Administration discusses how companion diagnostics go together with drugs.

LDT Regs Coming

The US Food and Drug Administration says it will be regulating laboratory-developed tests.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: long interspersed nuclear element–1 retrotransposons in cancer genomes, and more.

People Awards

The National Institutes of Health is looking into a new model of funding.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: role of tumor cell subgroup in tumor progression, African rice genome, and more.

A Deeper Bench

Craig Venter says more genomes and a better way to analyze them are needed.

The Iceman's Heart

Researchers discuss Ötzi the Iceman's predisposition for heart disease in a new review.

23andMe Gets a Grant

23andMe receives a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Thomson Reuters says it is being more transparent in how it calculates its impact factor metric, but critics are looking for other ways to gauge scientific impact.

Cave of Bones

Researchers hope to collect fossils and ancient DNA from a sinkhole that trapped a number of animals tens of thousands of years ago.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: CHD8 mutation-related autism spectrum disorder, algorithm to analyze gene interactions and biological pathways, and more.

Staying Well

The Resilience Project aims to tease out why some people with disease-causing mutations don't become ill.

Rewriting Epigenetics

Researchers link in utero exposure to tobacco smoke to epigenetic changes.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: lncRNAs in developing heart tissue, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine patterns during T-cell development, and more.

Here's a Good Level

A senator proposes a minimum budget level for the National Institutes of Health.

Economists tie happiness levels to genes, particularly ones common in Denmark.

The Google Study

Google embarks on a data-rich project to see what a 'baseline' healthy person looks like.


Graduate students in India are protesting their low pay.

A study of hiring patterns appearing in Science Advances finds that institutional prestige of where someone got their PhD affects where they land a faculty position.

Twitter may not just be a land of over-sharing and self-promotion, but also a place to grow scientific contacts and possibly land a job, Nature reports.

The US National Institutes of Health is seeking thoughts on the development of an emeritus award for senior researchers.