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The Scan

Patent Representation

A new report indicates that women are underrepresented among US patent holders.

Seeking a Cohort

Researchers in the US begin to seek participants for the 1 million-person precision medicine cohort, the New York Times reports.

The King's Blood

Genetic analysis confirms that blood found on leaves collected near Marche-les-Dames some 80 years ago belongs to King Albert I of Belgium.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: cell-free DNA from tumors is shorter than DNA from healthy cells, type 2 diabetes-related loci, and more.

Chinese researchers to embark on a trial using a CRISPR/Cas9-based immunotherapy next month, Nature News reports.

Theranos has hired executives to oversee compliance and regulatory issues, the Wall Street Journal reports.

University of Wisconsin researchers uncover a mutation linked to Mauriac syndrome, which affects some children with type 1 diabetes.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new chromatin imaging approach, and more.

A 'de-extinction' approach may help increase genetic diversity of the black-footed ferret, Scientific American says.

Researchers develop a Qatari reference genome to boost precision medicine in Middle Eastern populations.

Cautious Approach

Arizona State University's James Collins writes at Slate for the need to better study gene-drive technology before its use.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: sequence and analysis of modern and ancient barley, comparative genomic analysis of mucormycosis, and more.

Assurances Sought

Seven UK academies say a "bold commitment" is needed from the government to keep British research and innovation strong in the wake of the Brexit vote.

James Watson tells Stat News that the Cancer Moonshot Initiative is "crap."

Under the Sea

Researchers have isolated and sequenced a bacterium from the marine sulfur-oxidizing bacteria clade SUP05.

In Genome Research this week: molecular autopsies for sudden death, telomere methylation in Arabidopsis, and more.

Diving in Deep

In a preprint, Craig Venter's team reports sequencing the genomes of 10,500 people to between 30X and 40X coverage.

Hidden Away

A cancer patient with a rare BRCA1 variant seeks better data sharing, Newsweek reports.

Cancer Collaboration

In Australia, US Vice President Joe Biden touts cancer patient data sharing and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: mouse lemurs phylogenetics informs geographic study, DXZ4 needed for inactive X chromosome packaging, and more.

Down the Road a Ways

Precision medicine is still years away, if it's achievable at all, according to Technology Review.

Researchers are expanding the use of fecal transplants while also trying to figure out what component of poop makes them effective.

Increased Coverage

Insurers are more willing to cover whole-exome sequencing, Dark Daily writes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: host factors affecting necrotizing soft tissue infection susceptibility, effectiveness of low-coverage sequencing in NIPT, and more.

Oh, Wrong Rate

Columbia University settles a civil fraud lawsuit that said it improperly used its on-campus indirect cost rate when seeking reimbursement for more than 400 grants.


Bitesize Bio's Gail Seigel offers some tips on running a low-budget lab.

The GRE isn't a good predictor of graduate school performance or productivity, according to two PLOS One studies.

Bitesize Bio has some advice for scientists ready to leave their current lab behind.

A trio of editors from the Nature family of journals describes what make a peer review a good one.