The Scan

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: new approach to find genetic changes in autoimmune disease, and more.

Human Knockouts

Researchers release data on trove of natural human "knockouts."

Using nanoparticles and a wearable sensor, a Google X project hopes to monitor users' blood for early signs of disease.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of integrating genome-wide methylation data, Mouse Genome Database features, and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: gene expression patterns linked with circadian cycles, metagenomic sequencing of caribou feces, and more.

Sorta Safe and Secure

Pharmalot's Ed Silverman wonders how secure the Food and Drug Administration computer system is.

Researchers respond to the new sex equality policy at the US National Institutes of Health.

As ideas about the role of bacteria in the microbiome shift, so do claims about health.

US Senator Tom Coburn releases his list of wasteful government projects.

Back to the Beginning

NPR's TED Radio Hour examines origins, including human beginnings.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: catalog of parasitic helminth worms in rat intestines, horse CNV patterns, and more.

No Sweating

Genome-wide analysis homes in on a mutation linked to the inability to sweat in one family.

Billion More?

Two US Senators are working to increase biomedical research funding in the US.

Cassava's Turn

Bill Gates is enthralled with genetic research that may make it easier to breed cassava.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: proteins involved in replisome disassembly, and more.

The gut microbiome can influence conditions like depression and anxiety, researchers are beginning to find.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: 45,000-year-old modern human genome sequence, and more.

With new awards, the US National Institutes of Health aims to diversity the biomedical workforce.

Genomics is aiding in the fight against Ebola, the New Yorker notes.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: sgRNA and CRISPR studies, and microbial communities in the mouse gut.

A 32-year-old freelance journalist and mother discusses the implications of testing positive for BRCA1.

DNA testing reveals King Tut's parents were brother and sister.

John Ioannidis has some suggestions that he believes could help improve the accuracy of published research results.

A GWAS has identified a SNP that may explain why some Hispanic women are less likely to develop the disease.

Don't Chew The Pills!

Seeking to circumvent challenges faced in fecal transplants for treating C. difficile infections, researchers have developed … poop pills.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.