The Scan

iPad Eye Scan

Researchers tested an app for the iPad that could be used to screen for glaucoma.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: transcriptome sequencing study of metastatic breast cancer cells, transcriptome evolution in quid, and more.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: systems biology approach to study lung flukes, investigating a virus from the Bunyaviridae family, and more.

Pause and Deliberate

The White House has suspended funding and called for a moratorium on gain-of-function research as it seeks guidance.

A claim that genetic analysis identified Jack the Ripper is now being questioned by molecular biology experts.

FDA may have cracked down on DTC genetics, but data interpretation services are out there.

But Soda's So Good

Researchers link sugary sodas to increased cellular aging.

Street Rats

A study of New York rats finds that they carry a number of pathogens.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: changing consumer genomics field in Europe, and more.

Mostly Down

European University Association report examines science funding in the region.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: fundamental genome-folding principles, and more.

Peace of Mind

Nondisclosure pre-implantation genetic diagnosis allows parents to not know their disease risk while ensuring their kids aren't at risk.

Researchers whose projects are under investigation by the House science committee chair say it's a "witch hunt," the Chronicle of Education reports.

An op-ed in the New York Times wonders whether access to the smallpox genome should be restricted.

Maybe Not So Smart

The results of genetic studies of intelligence may not be all they're cracked up to be.

CRO Future

Contract research organization sales are expected to grow, says Ed Silverman at Pharmalot.

In Genome Research this week: population diversity of Burkholderia pathogens, multiple sequence alignment competition results, and more

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: no copy-number changes in Li-Fraumeni affected family, genomic characterization of crustacean parasite, and more.

Facing the Past

An exhibit at NYU looks into eugenics in the US and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

As part of a new competitiveness agenda, the Australian government is forming a 10-expert council.

Researchers are investigating networks of disease.

The role of copy-number variants in developmental disorders is being studied.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: microdeletion linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, epigenetic changes and parasite survival, and more.

Cell line contamination leads one group to retract a paper.

NPR speaks with Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, about genome editing.


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.