The Scan

This Means War

With a multi-pronged approach, the UK has declared war on antibiotic resistance.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: bull genomes, and more.

The US Food and Drug Administration has a cloud-based tool to help deal with next-generation sequencing data.

Without Consent

Indiana has stored millions of newborn samples for possible research use without permission.

The Blinded Reviewer

Some journals are exploring double-blind review of manuscripts in a bid to increase fairness and diversity.

New Science Minister

Greg Clark is the new UK universities and science minister.

In Genome Biology this week: mammalian miRNA editing, breakpoint prediction method, and more.

Looking for 'Teeth'

In an op-ed, the Retraction Watch founders call for greater authority for the US Office of Research Integrity.

Called Back Up

The US is reconvening its National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, but is replacing nearly half its members.

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds friends share similar genotypes.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: omic approach to find species to detoxify the environment, plastome comparisons, and more.

CDC Takes Action

The recent revelations of serious mishaps and mix-ups with pathogens have led CDC to take action.

Smallest Bit Possible

Hamilton Smith at the J. Craig Venter Institute is whittling the cell down to its essentials.

The Healthiest

Preimplantation genetic screening aims to ensure that healthy embryos are implanted during IVF, but critics say the process may decrease odds of becoming pregnant, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genomic characterization of Ewing sarcoma tumors, miRNA expression in athletes, and more.

Next-gen Challenges

As next-gen sequencing has overcome its early hurdles, newer, higher ones have arisen.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: patterns of gene expression among ocean microbes, and more.

Insurance and Privacy

Canada wants health and life insurers to stop using genetic test results to assess applicants' risk.

Reading and math capabilities may have the same genetic influences.

Bistable bacteria in the gut microbiome may present "tipping elements," researchers say.

Not Too Natural, Now

Guidelines from the US Patent and Trademark Office say patentable inventions must be "significantly different" from natural products.

The proposed merger between the Scripps Research Institute and the University of Southern California has been scuttled.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: TARBP2 role in breast cancer metastasis, and more.

Smallpox Unsecured

Smallpox samples were found sitting unsecured at a government lab storeroom.

Let It Out

US senators urge the release of a draft guidance on laboratory-developed tests.


Graduate students in India are protesting their low pay.

A study of hiring patterns appearing in Science Advances finds that institutional prestige of where someone got their PhD affects where they land a faculty position.

Twitter may not just be a land of over-sharing and self-promotion, but also a place to grow scientific contacts and possibly land a job, Nature reports.

The US National Institutes of Health is seeking thoughts on the development of an emeritus award for senior researchers.