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The Scan

Someday, Someday

More data may be needed for blood-based cancer-screening tests to show their worth, say Tech Review's Antonio Regalado and the Verge's Arielle Duhaime-Ross.

Spark a Discussion

At the Guardian, Imperial College's Stephen Curry writes that preprint servers can help researchers discuss their work.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: researchers engineer tobacco plant to produce chemotherapy precursor, predicting patient response to immunotherapy difficult, and more.


A group of researchers, ethicists, and others say that research into human genome editing should continue.

Missing Variation

By scouring a library of genetic variation, researchers have pinpointed genes that have fewer loss-of-function variants than expected, suggesting those variants have harmful effects.

Fewer, and Smaller

University of Leicester researchers examine gender inequality in funding in the social sciences versus STEM fields.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: DNA methylation loss in certain oil palm trees, coronary artery disease meta-analysis, and more.

The fiscal year in the US ends later this month, highlighting the fight over eliminating spending caps imposed by the sequester.

Intel is ending its sponsorship of the annual Science Talent Search, the New York Times reports.

Evolutionary Control

J. Craig Venter tells the WorldPost that humans now have the ability to control evolution, though perhaps not yet the wisdom to do it safely.

In Genome Biology this week: healthy aging classifier, single gene duplication patterns on bread wheat chromosome, and more.

Researchers link a certain gene variant to increased risk of contracting severe flu, the Guardian reports.

Lasker Winners

The Lasker Foundation has announced this year's recipients of its awards.

In an op-ed at the New York Times, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Manil Suri discusses the lack of visibility of the LGBT STEM workforce.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genomic study of giant viruses, gut virome community changes in malnutrition, and more.

A former NIH program officer says the Internet has blasted open the door for scientific publications more interested in dollars than quality research.

Fed up with budget slashes, job cuts, and muzzling mandates, researchers in Canada are making science a campaign issue in the upcoming elections.

The hashtag #stupidcommonnames is gaining fans among scientists who find the common names of some animals and plants dumb.

This Week in Science

This Week in Science: New research into the emergence of infectious diseases, and scientists report on proteins involved in melanoma.

DNA Sequencing is being used by researchers in California to survey fish and marine life as part of a conservation effort.

While one researcher says cloning the mammoth may be decades away, if successful, it may lead to a theme park of species that would no longer be extinct.

The blog Sartorial Science seeks to challenge the stereotype of scientists as frumpy, messy, clueless dressers.

This Week in Nature

This week in Nature: Researchers describe the adaptation of organisms to environmental changes, while another study provides new insights into pig domestication.

A group of organizations in the UK say that there needs to be discussions about the use of technologies such as CRISPR/Cas-9 for human germline editing.

Now going beyond reporting fetal aneuploidies, NIPTs may be providing too much information that may be useless, some doctors and genetic counselor say.


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.