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The Scan

Researchers update the estimation of how many bacterial cells are found in and on the human body.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: sequencing of fecal samples gives clues to killer whales' diet, sporulation genes in Bacillus subtilis, and more.

George Church stopped by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week to talk about genome editing and de-extinction.

All the Info

23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki discusses genetic testing, including of children and prospective parents, with the Guardian.

Nature editorial calls on researchers to expand their collaborative horizons.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: sequencing finds Helicobacter pylori in a 5,300-year-old European glacial mummy, and more.

To Know or Not?

A study appearing in JAMA this week sparks debate on whether incidental genetic findings should be returned to patients.

Scientific societies and journals are starting to encourage researchers to sign up for and use a unique identifier.

Trends to Watch

FasterCures' Margaret Anderson says to keep a watch on personalized medicine and drug approvals this year.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: high-fidelity CRISPR/Cas9 nuclease, and more.

China is expected to announce its own precision medicine project, Nature News reports.

Through a long-term twin study, researchers estimate the heritability of cancer, as they report in JAMA.

In Genome Research this week: database of MRSA sequences, Arab populations split early from other non-African populations, and more.

Just Ask First

While many people would want to help biomedical research, author Rebecca Skloot notes in an op-ed that they also want to give permission first.

Six years after an investigation found evidence of data fabrication, Nature has retracted a related article, Retraction Watch reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Food and Drug Administration approved 45 new drugs last year.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic and proteomic study of the type VII secretion system in tuberculosis, miRNA expression differences in social and solitary locusts, and more.

A regulator's personal loss has influenced the speed of cancer drug approvals, the New York Times reports.

Due Recognition

A new website called Depsy aims to track the influence of research software, Nature News reports.

Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka says his research focuses on helping patients, the Japan Times reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: patterns in circulating tumor DNA and treatment response, genetic diversity in Colombian Plasmodium vivax, and more.

A patent examiner has issued an Initial Interference Memo in the CRISPR patent fight, possibly leading to an interference proceeding, according to the Law and Biosciences Blog.

Why So Few?

University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers examine factors influencing clinical cancer trials with low participant accrual rates.

The quiet of holiday breaks lends itself to getting research done, Stat News writes.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: cryo-electron microscopy is the Method of the Year, and more.


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.

Many more PhDs are produced in the sciences than there are tenure-track professor positions, the New York Times reports.

The Huffington Post explores why female graduate students might not report sexual harassment.