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The Scan

Mark of a Concussion

Researchers find that blood tests might be able to help determine severity of a concussion, Wired reports.

For Science Advice

Technology Review points out that a new US presidential science advisor hasn't been selected.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, selection against educational attainment-linked variants, and more.

OA Policy Clash

Because of new open-access requirements, Gates Foundation-funded researchers can't publish in some top journals, Nature News reports.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, schools are encouraging more girls to pursue STEM courses, according to the Associated Press.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genetic study of breast cancer in Egyptian families, mutations linked to cleft lip and palate, and more.

Oliver Smithies Dies

Oliver Smithies, who won the Nobel Prize in 2007, has died, the New York Times reports.

If confirmed as Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price says he will divest himself of certain holdings, according to Stat News.

Arizona is planning to sue Theranos for "deceptive acts" and misrepresentations of its "capabilities and operation."

This Week in Science

In Science this week: deletion of one microRNA allows pluripotent stem cells to form embryonic and non-embryonic lineages, and more.

Say What You Want

The Department of Energy has announced a new scientific integrity policy, the Verge reports.

Extra Expertise

An editorial in Wired calls on universities to help lawmakers understand technical issues.

The NIH Interview

President-elect Donald Trump has met with candidates for the National Institutes of Health Director position, Stat News reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: studies of prostate cancer aggressiveness, and more.

Old Infections

Researchers have isolated Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Gardnerella vaginalis from an 800-year-old skeleton, New Historian reports.

The New York Times describes work into understanding genomic architecture and topologically associating domains.

Stanford researchers develop a low-cost centrifuge inspired by a whirligig toy.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: strategies for targeting leukemia with MLL translocations, new Perturb-seq approach, and more.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has new guidelines for potential pandemic pathogen research, according to ScienceInsider.

A Little Spritz

An Australian team has developed a method to spray double-stranded RNA on plants to make them resistant to pests, Technology Review reports.

Signatures of Age

Researchers uncover biomarker signatures linked to aging-related conditions, Live Science reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: common, not rare ERAP1 variants linked to ankylosing spondylitis, recurrent VAV1 mutations in peripheral T-cell lymphoma, and more.

Future Considerations

In a survey, many UK academics say the Brexit vote has gotten them to consider leaving higher education, Nature News reports.

Researchers are using breeding and genomic tools to develop American chestnut trees resistant to the blight that all but wiped them out, NPR reports.

The Guardian looks into whether gene editing and other tools might enable "designer babies."


Bitesize Bio's Gail Seigel offers some tips on running a low-budget lab.

The GRE isn't a good predictor of graduate school performance or productivity, according to two PLOS One studies.

Bitesize Bio has some advice for scientists ready to leave their current lab behind.

A trio of editors from the Nature family of journals describes what make a peer review a good one.