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The Scan

A Model Organ

Organs-on-chips are steaming ahead for use in drug development, Nature News reports.

Access and Authority

Congressional lawmakers have introduced a "right to try" bill, but critics say it could affect FDA's regulatory authority.

High on the List

A study of an email of recent papers of interest sent to large numbers of economists finds that papers listed at the top get cited more, NPR reports.

In Genome Biology this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity assessed with single-cell RNA sequencing, common epigenetic alterations in tumors, and more.

Non-invasive prenatal screening tests are not only detecting fetal chromosomal abnormalities, but also some cases of maternal cancer.

Piece of the Patents

Researchers report in PLOS One on their examination of the percentage of women represented on patent filings.

Hans Krebs' Nobel Prize is to be auctioned to raise money to support researchers.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: MC4R mutations enable Mexican cavefish to survive in food-poor environments, genes linked to ethanol consumption in flies, and more.

Two investigations find evidence of research misconduct, though not fraud, in plant biologist Olivier Voinnet's publications.

A Genetic Sneak Peek

GenePeeks, a startup company that gauges the genetic disease risk of simulated children, plans to expand its services.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: missense variant linked to form of primary open-angle glaucoma, sapovirus genome sequence, and more.

The US House of Representatives passes the 21st Century Cures Act.

Another Go Round

Genetic analysis indicates the resurgence of Ebola in Liberia might be due to a survivor of the previous outbreak, the New York Times says.

The Journal of the American Medical Association catches up with Harold Varmus on the next stage of his career.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: single-cell resolution reference maps of the mouse and human immune system, sperm RNA as biomarker of male infertility, and more.

A tussle over Alzheimer's disease trial data leads to a lawsuit between the University of California, San Diego, and one of its former researchers.

Plants on Ice

The Smithsonian is jump-starting its effort to bank the genomic diversity of plants.

Private Russian science-funding foundation closes after being labeled a foreign agent.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: factors regulating human egg production, and more.

It's, Uh, 'Genomical'

Researchers say that genomics may outstrip astronomy, YouTube, and Twitter in data production in the next decade.

A blogger considers how declining to share data should be handled.

As the Virus Travels

Whole-genome sequencing has traced much of the 2010 measles outbreak in British Columbia to a single visitor.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: software package to fix RNA-seq alignment artifacts, differential gene expression profiles of infectious Leishmania, and more.

Marcia McNutt, the editor-in-chief of Science, has been nominated to become president of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Two research teams in China home in on a gene that gives rice a long, slender shape.


A program at the University of Colorado Boulder shakes up science teaching.

Keeping to a schedule helps principal investigators keep their lab and research humming along, the Nature Jobs blog says.

A Harvard professor blogs about how a hiring committee he is on is conducting its faculty search.

At The Scientist, Muhammad Ahmed argues that postdocs need to be supported to ensure countries' scientific prowess.