The Scan

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: no copy-number changes in Li-Fraumeni affected family, genomic characterization of crustacean parasite, and more.

Facing the Past

An exhibit at NYU looks into eugenics in the US and at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

As part of a new competitiveness agenda, the Australian government is forming a 10-expert council.

Researchers are investigating networks of disease.

The role of copy-number variants in developmental disorders is being studied.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: microdeletion linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, epigenetic changes and parasite survival, and more.

Cell line contamination leads one group to retract a paper.

NPR speaks with Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, about genome editing.

Winning a Nobel Prize changes the recipient's life, sometimes in unexpected ways.

A microRNA- and cloud-based system aims to help detect cancer early, Wired reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: visualizing how HIV enters host cell, and more.

Money for Big Data

The US National Institutes of Health awarded grants aimed at making sense of big biomedical data.

A Fraud Blockbuster

A fictionalized movie version of the Hwang Woo-Suk cloning scandal is in Korean theaters.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: additional variants linked to human height, and more.

US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg discussed the speed of medical device reviews at AdvaMed.

A Grand Challenge is looking for ideas from any source.

The Nanoscopy Nobel

A trio of researchers wins this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pushing the boundaries of microscopy to the nanoscale.

Lone Star Biotech

BioSpace writes that Texas is a biotech hotspot.

In Genome Biology this week: Anopheles stephensi genome and annotation, CNVs in low-grade gliomas, and more.

Shiny Medal

Bruce Alberts is among this year's National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners.

Raising Money

Britain leads other European countries in biotech cash raised for the first half of the year.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: familial and de novo variants in autism spectrum disorders, heritability of educational attainment, and more.

The New York Times discusses big data studies.

Morris Collen Dies

Morris Collen, who developed a medical database for Kaiser Permanente, has died.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: polyneuropathy in Leonberger dogs, liver regulatory elements involved in drug response, and more.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.