The Scan

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genomic study of pigmentation in humans, and more.

Whenever You Want

US National Science Foundation is eliminating preproposals and will accept grant proposals at any time for biology, Science reports.

Not Cow, But Horse

The sequencing of a more than 100-year-old smallpox vaccine finds that it contains horsepox, researchers write in NEJM.

Testing for Free

Australia makes genetic testing for women with family history of breast or ovarian cancer freely available, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: trove of data from the Genotype Tissue Expression consortium, and more.

To the Committee

US Food and Drug Administration advisors are to weigh gene therapy for blindness, according to Reuters.

Los Alamos researchers voice concerns about proposed science education standards in New Mexico, the Associated Press reports.


A biohacker wants to enable people to genetically modify themselves, Fast Company reports.

In Genome Research this week: hydroxymethylation changes in pancreatic cancer, program to predict effect of variants on transcription factor binding, and more.

P-Value Change

New Scientist writes that the American Statistical Association wants to get researchers to change how they use p-values.

Edits to Endure Space

A NASA technologist tells The Times that the agency is looking into altering the DNA of Mars-bound astronauts.

Let Me Just Add This

A graffiti artist has added Rosalind Franklin's name to a plaque outside a pub marking the discovery of the structure of DNA, Cambridge News reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: wild olive tree genome and transcriptome, effects of M344 in Alzheimer's disease, and more.

The Navajo Nation is working on developing a new policy regarding genetic testing, Nature News reports.

Clearer Risk

The Guardian reports that a new genetic risk test for breast cancer may give clearer risk estimates.

Smithsonian magazine says researchers prioritize which organisms to sequence based on their possible medical benefits or ability to inform them about the past.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: nasopharyngeal microbiota among young children, splice variant linked to oculocutaneous albinism in a dog breed, and more.

Gene Therapy for ALD

A new study suggests that gene therapy could help boys with the brain disease adrenoleukodystrophy, the New York Times reports.

Pesticides, Not Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration says that modified mosquitos that act as pesticides are not drugs, according to the Associated Press.

Herpes Source

A research trio traces the origin of genital herpes in humans to Paranthropus boisei, according to LiveScience.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: ancient Neanderthal and human genomes, and more.

Retraction Watch reports that Nature has added an editor's note to a paper describing the correction of a pathogenic mutation in human embryos.

This One Too, Please

Parents are lobbying for more states to add adrenoleukodystrophy to newborn genetic screening tests, NPR reports.

The New York Times looks into ancient endogenous retroviruses within the genome.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation results, and more.


A part of the proposed tax bill in the US could make tuition waivers taxable, Vox reports.

The New York Times reports that only a subset of STEM worker are in demand.

US News & World Report says students pursuing STEM degrees should consider what they are getting into.

New study finds bias against female lecturers among student course evaluations, the Economist reports.