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The Scan

Just Getting Bigger

Luke Timmerman at Forbes speaks with Illumina's Jay Flatley about the DNA sequencing market.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: improved genome inference using population reference graph, and more.

While personalized medicine may show promise for treating patients, the cost of such treatments is a concern, the New York Times writes.

Corporate wellness programs may soon include genetic testing, the AP reports.

And Sounded

Protein & Cell says it published the human germline editing paper as a "sounding of an alarm."

In Genome Research this week: exome sequencing of mouse disease model strains, high-quality genomes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains, and more.

The UW's Wylie Burke and Dartmouth's Gilbert Welch argue that whole-genome testing may do more harm than good, and a related poll.

Stanford University researchers are studying top athletes to uncover genes linked to performance.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: epigenetic changes linked with high-altitude pulmonary edema, transcriptome profiling of maize leaf development, and more.

Funds Needed

A report from MIT identifies areas of scientific research where declining research support is hindering needed advances.

A retrovirus that's been integrated into the human genome appears to have a role in embryonic development, researchers report.

Differences in DNA methylation could be used to distinguish between DNA samples obtained from identical twins, researchers say.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: phylogenetic study of hepatitis E viruses in Swedish moose, recombination sites in the honeybee genome, and more.

A Few Snags

An Australian study of personalized medicine has run into problems as it recruits patients.

Industrial Focus

The proposed Canadian budget emphasizes partnerships with industry, Nature News reports.

The University of Arizona's Raina Maier writes that an understanding of the Earth's microbiome is needed.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: mtDNA analysis give glimpse into decline of Neanderthals in Europe, and more.

Many researchers call the work by Chinese scientists, who used the gene editing technology on human germlines, unethical, among other things. 

At Technology Review, University of California,Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna discusses the power, and possible perils, of genome editing.

Researchers say there's a genetic component behind why mosquitoes seem to like some people more than others.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: draft genomes of cultivated Upland cotton, and more.

In a New York Times op-ed, Eric Lander argues that forensic science needs to be of high quality.

Make It a Double

Newt Gingrich calls for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget.

Color Genomics, a low-cost breast cancer genetic testing company, enters the fray, while others band together to work out the meaning of variants of unknown significance.

In Genome Biology this week: investigation of host expression and microbial communities in pouchitis, liver fluke genome sequencing, and more.


Chris Parsons at Southern Fried Science offers advice for novice manuscript reviewers.

At Quartz, Jennifer Walker discusses the little talked about issue of depression in graduate school.

More and more researchers leading labs are seeking management skills, Nature Jobs reports.

At the Chronicle of Higher Education, David Perlmutter offers ways to gauge whether an academic department is not the place for you.