The Scan

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has taken away the remaining honorary positions James Watson held, Stat News reports.

Cracking Old Cases

The Washington Post looks into how criminal investigators are using genetic genealogy in cold cases.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: Madariaga virus linked to pediatric acute febrile illness cases in Haiti, tool to screen for viral infection in human cell lines, and more.

Suit for Chair

According to Retraction Watch, Ohio State University's Carlo Croce is suing to be reinstated as department chair.

The Bugs of Space

A new analysis finds that Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus found on the International Space Station are adapting to conditions there, but not becoming more dangerous to people.

NIPT Popularity Rises

Prenatal genetic testing is becoming more popular among expectant parents, according to the Washington Post.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: transcriptional regulation of the inflammasome NLRP3, and more.

All Very Similar

Researchers have found that most genome-wide association study participants hail from just three countries, leading them to call for increased diversity.

Nature News reports that lawmakers in Colombia voted last month to establish the country's first science ministry.

The New York Times reports that the Dallas Mavericks are using a bioanalytic approach to monitor players' health.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: large Alzheimer's disease GWAS uncovers novel loci, new CRISPR interference-based approach, and more.

Medical diagnostic company CardioDx is closing down, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

ScienceInsider describes the effects of the partial government shutdown in the US on science.

"Doing Fine"

In a Twitter thread, Technology Review's Antonio Regalado says that He Jiankui is "doing fine" and that concerns about possible penalties are misplaced.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: approach for mapping enhancers and their targets, comparative protein interaction analysis of dengue and Zika viruses, and more.

The Telegraph reports there are concerns He Jiankui, who announced the birth gene-edited embryos, might face the death penalty.

Researchers argue that gene editing could enable the development of spicy tomatoes, according to the Guardian.

The New York Times highlights the Undiagnosed Disease Network.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: sequencing analysis of Brooklyn measles cases, conserved neural transcriptional features that coincide with monogamy, and more.

New Plan

National Health Service England has a new 10-year plan that includes the expansion of genetic testing, according to New Scientist.

Gizmodo reports that researchers have linked a genetic variant to the screw-like tail of bulldogs and some terriers.

Stat News notes that, this year, female presenters at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference will actually outnumber those named Michael.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: links between placental transcriptome and weight; colorectal cancer-related microRNAs; and more.


STEM professors' views on intelligence affect students' success, a new study finds.

Mental health issues are more likely to affect graduate students than other Americans, Scientific American reports.

Researchers find that younger investigators fare better when seeking support through crowdfunding sites, Nature News reports.

Nature News reports that doing a postdoc might not help researchers find employment.