The Scan

Fido's Prescription

Biotech start-ups are expanding into the pet markets.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic adaptations in Tibetan grey wolves, epigenetic changes in tumor metastasis, and more.

On its consumer education page, the US Food and Drug Administration discusses how companion diagnostics go together with drugs.

LDT Regs Coming

The US Food and Drug Administration says it will be regulating laboratory-developed tests.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: long interspersed nuclear element–1 retrotransposons in cancer genomes, and more.

People Awards

The National Institutes of Health is looking into a new model of funding.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: role of tumor cell subgroup in tumor progression, African rice genome, and more.

A Deeper Bench

Craig Venter says more genomes and a better way to analyze them are needed.

The Iceman's Heart

Researchers discuss Ötzi the Iceman's predisposition for heart disease in a new review.

23andMe Gets a Grant

23andMe receives a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Thomson Reuters says it is being more transparent in how it calculates its impact factor metric, but critics are looking for other ways to gauge scientific impact.

Cave of Bones

Researchers hope to collect fossils and ancient DNA from a sinkhole that trapped a number of animals tens of thousands of years ago.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: CHD8 mutation-related autism spectrum disorder, algorithm to analyze gene interactions and biological pathways, and more.

Staying Well

The Resilience Project aims to tease out why some people with disease-causing mutations don't become ill.

Rewriting Epigenetics

Researchers link in utero exposure to tobacco smoke to epigenetic changes.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: lncRNAs in developing heart tissue, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine patterns during T-cell development, and more.

Here's a Good Level

A senator proposes a minimum budget level for the National Institutes of Health.

Economists tie happiness levels to genes, particularly ones common in Denmark.

The Google Study

Google embarks on a data-rich project to see what a 'baseline' healthy person looks like.

The UK's redefinition of 'genetic modification' has drawn complaints of dishonesty.

So Many Letters

Non-governmental and scientific organizations spar over the chief scientific adviser position at the European Commission.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: population admixture in Cuba, Vibrio cholera clades, and more.

Slow Re-opening

The CDC begins to re-open labs after safety mishaps, establishes safety expert panel.

That Tiny Little Bit?

Oxford researchers calculate that less than 10 percent of the human genome is functional.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: ribosome-stalling mutation has effect in certain genetic background, and more.


Lauren Celano at Nature Jobs describes the differences between the resume and the CV.

A postdoc position is supposed to be a 'stepping stone,' Nature Jobs says.

Finding a job in the sciences can be a challenge, writes Bryan Gaensler at the Conversation.

Graduate students in India are protesting their low pay.