The Scan

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: cat domestication signatures, transcriptional artifacts linked to blood sample storage, and more.

The Look of It

Co.Design says Fluidigm's Juno system looks likes a cross between a Jawbone speaker and a 1980s Macintosh.

An Australian research team describes the life cycle of neochromosomes.

To the Neuron

A combination of genomic analysis and iPS cell-based studies homed in on a possible cause of a boy's autism.

Star-studded Prize

Jennifer Doudna, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Victor Ambros, and Gary Ruvkun are among the winners of the Breakthrough prize.

Dan Koboldt at MassGenomics discusses the challenges of more extensive whole-genome sequencing.

Organizing It All

Decode is using a genomically ordered relations database to handle its data, IEEE Spectrum says.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: rhythms in DNA methylation patterns, Jerusalem artichoke transcriptome, and more.

The Human Protein Atlas finds that the tissue in the human body harboring the highest number of unique proteins is the testis.

Google is offering genome data storage and analysis, Tech Review says.

Change Afoot?

The Chinese government plans to change how it awards research grants.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genome of an ancient European Russian man, and more.

Journal editors and others have developed a set of guidelines for reporting preclinical research to help address the issue of reproducibility.

And Covered

Google is to cover cancer genome testing for employees beginning in 2015.

With the coming change in party in control of the US Senate, the heads of committees overseeing science policy and funding will also change.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: golden snub-nosed monkey genome, and more.

Changes to Gut Bugs

A new study finds that the human gut microbiome diverged rapidly from the ape microbiome.

The Snake that Did It

Researchers are using DNA left at snakebite sites to identify whether the offending snake was venomous and to guide the treatment of victims.

In Genome Biology this week: comparative genomic study of Legionella species, housefly genome, and more.

Researchers are citing more and more older publications, according to a Google analysis.

Use in Court

Next-generation sequencing is to be highlighted as a forensic tool during a case being prosecuted in Boston.

They Call Me CWC15

The New York Times describes how genes come by their names.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic approach to examine fungal speciation, de novo sequencing of rice species, and more.

What's Healthy?

In an op-ed, Ed Yong argues that there is much researchers don't know about the microbiome and how it relates to health.

Peek Inside

Jonathan Rothberg is developing a new portable ultrasound device, Technology Review reports.


Thomas Magaldi, a career services administrator at the Sloan Kettering Institute, describes how he found that career path at Nature Jobs.

At Bitesize Bio, Dhivya Kumar shares tips for figuring out your post-grad school career move.

At her blog, Dr. Becca details how she plans to deal with low funding as she heads toward tenure review.

At his blog, the Genomic Repairman recounts his transition from PhD student to postdoc.