The Scan

The X Prize Foundation has unveiled its final contestants for the $10 million 'Tricorder' competition.

Science Send-ups

Satirical news outlets offer different takes on science.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: homologous recombination between RNA and DNA, monitoring high-throughput sequencing.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: NutriChem database, essential genes in gonorrhea pathogen, and more.

Researchers have been able to collect DNA from the footprints left in the snow by a polar bear.

Possible Plan

Australia's chief scientist outlines a strategy for the nation, but doesn't know whether it will be followed.

Right for the Test

A new study finds that Angelina Jolie's 2013 op-ed about her preventive double mastectomy encouraged high-risk women to undergo genetic testing.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: barley transcriptome profiling, prevalence of aneuploidy in various tissues, and more.

A Dog's Lab

Researchers in Edinburgh are studying the Labrador retriever genome.

Home Sweet Microbiome

The bacterial community of a home resembles that of its occupants, according to a recent Science paper.

High-cost Drugs

The UK will inject more cash into its fund for pricey cancer drugs, but it also wants to see results.

All of It

Researchers report a gapless sequence of an Escherichia coli serotype that can cause food poisoning.

Legal action probably isn't an option for combating predatory scientific publishing, which means academics must carefully vet journals that offer to publish their work.

A new initiative will tackle the reproducibility problem.

The US government takes steps to address a recent spate of serious biosafety lapses.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: ENCODE and modENCODE results, and honeybee genomes.

Primetime Bioethics

A TV production company is working up a drama about bioethical conundrums.

R&D Concentration

A majority of US corporate R&D happens in 10 states.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: cancer subtypes, metabolic gene expression, and more.

Sequencing to Go

Portable DNA sequencing is coming, but there will be kinks to work out.

Traveling Genome

The Smithsonian's genomics exhibit will tour the country.

Investment Boom

A venture capital surge pours investments into the life sciences.

Will genome sequencing prod healthcare costs upward?

Biopharmed drugs offer much promise; but how should they be regulated?

This Week in PNAS

Inflammatory genes, diabetes risk mutations, squirrel defenses.


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.

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.