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The Scan

An Antibiotics Prize?

The University of Pennsylvania's Ezekiel Emanuel suggests a prize-based system to encourage drugmakers to develop new antibiotics.

New Technique a 'Go'

The House of Lords in the UK approves a bill to allow mitochondrial donation.

MIT's Technology Review reports it's a good time to be a biotech.

In Genome Biology this week: miRNAs linked to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma outcomes, database of bird genomes, and more.

On the Face of It

Law enforcement agencies are beginning to turn to forensic DNA phenotyping to determine what their suspects might look like, the New York Times reports.

The FoldIt creators have a new citizen science game for synthetic biology, says Carolyn Graybeal at the Citizen Science Salon.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is launching a precision medicine-focused journal.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: microRNA catalogue, early mutational events in follicular lymphoma, and more.

Nature is to begin offering the option of double-blind peer review next month.

Researchers uncover possible salivary protein markers for autism.

Researchers link personality traits to the expression of certain inflammation-related genes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: age-related methylation patterns, transcriptome analysis of the cabbage beetle, and more.

Researchers uncover a human-specific enhancer that influences brain size in transgenic mice.

A pair of studies examines interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern human ancestors.

Looking Elsewhere

Budget cuts and other changes may be leading young Australian researchers to seek positions outside the country.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: ancient genetic mutations linked to Gleevec activity, and more.

A study finds that one article has been cited more than two dozen times since its retraction.

The Art of Chemistry

Rhodes College's Loretta Jackson-Hayes argues that more STEM majors with liberal arts backgrounds are needed.

Order Matters

Researchers report in NEJM that the order in which mutations accumulate in cancer may affect disease path.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: the Roadmap Epigenomics Program publishes numerous studies examining the human epigenome.

MIT's Technology Review puts the 'Internet of DNA' on its list of breakthroughs to watch.

Researchers are looking through well-preserved remains of cholera victims in an abandoned Italian cemetery for Vibrio cholerae DNA.

Close Match

The Mason lab responds to some criticism of its recent subway metagenome paper.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: methylation patterns in pediatric B-ALL, approach to analyze copy number variants from whole exome data, and more.

All the Pieces

Abigail Zuger at the New York Times' Well blog notes that many chronic diseases have lifestyle and environmental factors in addition to genetic ones that may confound precision medicine approaches.


There are an increasing number of job opportunities for genetic counselors, Nature Jobs reports.

At Nature Jobs, Lauren Emily Wright, a postdoc at the University of Padua, writes that time away from the lab can enrich researchers.

A foundation grant director writes at Nature Jobs that applicants should explain their budget requests well.

New faculty members need to allocate their startup funds wisely, and asking around for advice and discarded equipment helps stretch the budget.