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This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: how CRISPR/Cas9 homes in on target, miRNAs involved in cholesterol and triglyceride regulation, and more.

Not Enough Takers

The UK Life Study, an ambitious cohort study, has ended due to low enrollment.

Neuroscientist Alan Finkel is to be Australia's next chief scientist, ScienceInsider reports.

The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa's Tom Kariuki says his organization is working to bolster research infrastructure in Africa.

In Nucleic Acids Research: Bovine Genome Database update, Colorectal Cancer Atlas containing genomic and proteomic data, and more.

A Different Struggle

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel checks back in with Nic Volker, who had his exome sequenced when he was a few years old to find the cause of his rare disease.

In an about-face, Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes says the company will publish data showing the accuracy and reliability of its test, the New York Times reports.

A trio of researchers examines the frequency of negative paper citations.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: mitochondrial genomes of two Pleistocene-era infants, effect of library prep methods on metagenomic results, and more.

Disappearing Postdocs

The number of postdocs in the US has fallen for the first time in 30 years, according to an analysis in the FASEB Journal.

The Mutation Why

Genome sequencing pinpointed the root of an Australian boy's baffling condition, ABC News reports.

Heating Dispute

A paper finds that heating in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis may alter sample compounds, drawing criticism.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: novel RIG-I-like receptor regulators, approach for identifying adaptive genes, and more.

Genetic analysis uncovers a new species of Galápagos tortoise, which researchers have named Chelonoidis donfaustoi.

Many researchers in Canada applaud the recent election outcome, ScienceInsider reports.

Check the Levels

A test examining mitochondrial DNA levels appears to increase pregnancy rates at fertility clinics, the Guardian reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: limitations of systems biology, and more.

The New York Times opinion page asks whether the promise of clinical genome sequencing is overstated.

Google's resources and approach are enticing academic life science researchers, Nature News reports.

The Obama Administration's Strategy for American Innovation highlights precision medicine.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: DNA-free genome editing in plants, new risk loci for atopic dermatitis, and more.

23andMe announces that it has begun to offer customers health-related data, though more limited than what it had before its FDA dustup.

Money to Spend

As its endowment is doing well, the Wellcome Trust plans to increase its spending.

Bill Maris, a managing partner at Google Ventures, argues that genetic information needs to be shared and isn't private anyway, Bloomberg Business reports.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: method to examine DNA methylation patterns, molecular features of lobular breast cancer, and more.


At Quartz, Jennifer Walker discusses the little talked about issue of depression in graduate school.

More and more researchers leading labs are seeking management skills, Nature Jobs reports.

At the Chronicle of Higher Education, David Perlmutter offers ways to gauge whether an academic department is not the place for you.

A former Tufts provost argues that tenure is what keeps US universities strong.