The Scan

This Week in Science

In Science this week: a review of induced pluripotent stem cell research, and genetic mutations that may help predict heart failure in African Americans.

The University of California, San Diego's Roger Tsien, who helped develop green fluorescent protein into a research tool, has died.

Researchers continue to work on developing DNA as a data storage device, Nature News reports.

NASA says that astronauts have successfully performed a sequencing experiment on the International Space Station.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: whole-genome sequencing of plasma DNA to study cancer gene expression, and more.

An assistant professor who was fired from Mount Sinai School of Medicine has allegedly shot the school's dean, the New York Times reports.

Then Again, No

Theranos has withdrawn its request for emergency clearance of a Zika virus blood test, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A study of Tasmanian devil genomes suggests they are evolving resistance to devil facial tumor disease.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to discover copy number variants, single-nucleus RNA sequencing study of myoblasts, and more.

A National Institutes of Health researcher has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint against the agency, the Washington Post reports.

Family Search

DNA testing offers Korean adoptees a way to find their birth parents that sidesteps bureaucratic red tape, according to the New York Times.

Add It to the Panel

Blood tests looking for biomarker changes could catch mental illnesses earlier, Newsweek reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: statistical approach to examine intra-tumor heterogeneity, new genetic condition called otulipenia, and more.

Nature News explores the president's "science legacy."

A Modular Virus?

Researchers have found a new kind of virus — one that starts out broken up into five parts.

Nutrigenomic companies offer gene-based diet advice, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic factors associated with facial features, a new mutation that makes individuals more prone to Brugada syndrome, and more.

A gene-editing ban has been interpreted to include mitochondrial transfer, Technology Review reports.

Italian researchers link SNPs in the PDSS2 gene to coffee consumption in a new paper.

ORI Grumblings

The new Office of Research Integrity director is grappling with complaints from her staff, according to ScienceInsider.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: role for epigenetic in neuronal excitability, and more.

Reliance on Excel leads to errors in gene name lists, a new Genome Biology paper reports.

MIT researchers are using bees to collect and visualize urban microbiome samples, Wired reports.

Avoid These

Halloran Consulting's Laurie Halloran lists at Stat News the mistakes she sees startup companies make when pursuing a clinical trial.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: SNP reference panel from the Haplotype Reference Consortium, and more.


A survey of UK academics found that women tended to have higher teaching loads than men, according to Nature News.

A study appearing in PNAS finds that the mean age of the US scientific workforce is increasing.

At Science Careers, Princeton University's Julian West advises new researchers to read widely.

At Science Careers, a researcher describes how her rejuvenated postdoc science policy committee is promoting science.