The Scan

Spider Cousins

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Banner Year

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

Gene-Based Dating?

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

CRISPR Reading

The CRISPR Journal has debuted its inaugural issue and, according to its publisher, plans to focus on research and commentary on gene editing.

Just Admit It

At Wired, Clive Thompson writes that more people need to be like researchers and acknowledge when they are wrong.

Denied Requests

CBS Philly reports that people who have undergone genetic testing can be denied life insurance.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genome of the asexual Amazon molly, and more.

Supports Them All

Studies funded by the National Institutes of Health supported each of the more than 200 drugs approved in the US between 2010 and 2016, according to Stat News.

Tumor-Attacking Bots

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed DNA nanobots to deliver cancer treatments, according to Fortune.

Still Available

The Huffington Post writes that the science advisor position in the US is still not filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: structure diversity of alphavirus genomes, assay for detecting SNPs using sequencing-based mismatch detection clues, and more.

One for the Books

A Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine team has set a Guinness Book of World Record, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

US President Donald Trump has announced his budget plan for fiscal year 2019 that first calls for research funding cuts, but then erases them.

The Associated Press reports that researchers are applying gene-editing approaches to HIV treatment.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic responses in drug-treated malaria parasites, characterization of marine sponge's bacterial symbionts, and more.

A New York University-led team finds that skates and mammals share nerves and genes for walking.

Coming 'Round

The New York Times writes that some critics of Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, are warming up to him.

Mishandling Them

The Guardian reports that labs in the UK have had safety incidents involving pathogens.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: study of genetic compensation in zebrafish, workflow to identify molecular changes, and more.

The US National Science Foundation is adopting new rules aimed at combating sexual harassment among its grantees.

Long Lives of Bats

Researchers report that the telomeres of a long-lived bat don't shorten with age.

Three Buzzwords

A new startup from Harvard Medical School's George Church is combining genome sequencing, blockchain, and cryptocurrency, according to Stat News.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic overlap between five psychiatric disorders, and more.

Toward a Budget

Leaders in the US Senate have come up with a budget agreement to keep the government funded, though it still needs to pass, the New York Times reports.


NIH's Michael Lauer looks at the number of grants, their amount, and funding success rates at the agency for last year.

At Nature, Johns Hopkins' Gundula Bosch describes her graduate program that aims to get doctoral students thinking about the big picture.

Patricia Fara writes about childcare funding, and women in science and science history at NPR.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences researchers have visualized the career paths of former postdocs.