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This Week in Science

In Science this week: DNA derived from Denisovans uncovered in modern-day Melanesians, and more.

Cell Manufacturing

Synthetic biology may open up a number of manufacturing possibilities, but there are still obstacles to overcome, according to Nature News.

In an editorial, Johns Hopkins University's Jennifer Axilbund argues that gene panel testing should be approached with caution.

At Scientific American Mind, a family shares its story of fragile X syndrome.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: analysis of nuclear DNA from ancient hominin, epigenetic influence on obesity, and more.

Through #ASAPbio, researchers in biology are encouraged to submit their work to preprint servers like bioRxiv, the New York Times reports.

Found the Talent

This year's winners of the Intel Talent Search developed software to help in drug development, a smartphone-based tool to detect lung disease, and more.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: atlas of microRNAs from various tissues types, ribosomal RNA gene flanking region sequencing, and more.

Genetic testing doesn't always bring clarity to cancer care, the New York Times notes.

Researchers link loss-of-function mutations in the methyltransferase-encoding SETD1A to schizophrenia risk.

More Than ABO

A new center plans to personalize blood typing beyond the ABO blood groups using genomic tools.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: methylation patterns trace cell-free DNA to tissue of origin, cell surface proteome of Ewing sarcoma tumor cells, and more.

Targeted to More

With its lung cancer drug, Bristol-Myers Squibb eschews personalized approach, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Food and Drug Administration says modified mosquitoes likely don't pose a threat, opening the door for field tests, the New York Times reports.

Graduate student Alexandra Elbakyan provided access to a large number of scientific papers, prompting a discussion regarding access to such works, the New York Times writes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: NEK8 mutations in a ciliopathy disorder, characterization of the tea species Camellia sinensis, and more.

Italian researchers say planned research hub won't benefit the best researchers, according to ScienceInsider.

Forum attendees discuss the state of science investment in Africa, Reuters reports.

Changes Ahead

A transition is afoot as Illumina's Jay Flatley steps down from his CEO role.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: Myc promotes the expression of proteins to prevent the immune system from attacking tumor cells, and more.

Universities are sequencing the genomes of their beloved mascots, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Democratic Senators push for some mandatory biomedical research funding in the US, Stat News reports.

Call for More Support

An opinion piece in Nature News calls on researchers to better support communities involved in research studies.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: the spotted gar genome, and more.

Heavy Decisions

A family with a history of Alzheimer's disease contends with whether or not to undergo genetic testing, as the New York Times reports.


Bitesize Bio offers some word of wisdom for designing a new lab.

A study finds that some women choose science majors later in their college careers.

The US National Labor Relations Board rules that graduate assistants have the right to unionize.

Sociologists find that dual-career programs are important for recruiting female academics, Inside Higher Ed reports.