The Scan

In Genome Research this week: transcriptomic profiles of centenarians, role for PRDM9 expression in various tumor types, and more.

On the Principle

An American Cancer Society official has resigned due to concerns about partnerships with businesses with dubious health records, according to the New York Times.

Wired reports that increased diversity is needed in the Breakthrough Prizes.

National Geographic writes that some people may have a genetic predisposition to caffeine-induced jitters.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: drug resistance evolution in Candida in a cystic fibrosis patient, point mutation in cotton bollworm allows it to persist in "Bt" crops, and more.

OA 'Muscle'

The Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have joined the open-access initiative Plan S, according to ScienceInsider.

Cap Proposed

Australian insurers propose a cap for insurance policies below which customers don't have to disclose adverse genetic testing results, according to the Australian.

Room for Improvement

Indiana University School of Medicine's Aaron Carroll discusses the flaws and ways to improve peer review at the New York Times.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: statistical approach for finding somatic mutation-based associations, genomic and methylomic patterns in virulent and non-virulent forms of a swine respiratory pathogen, and more.

Few Eyebrows Up

Time reports that some experts have raised concerns about 23andMe's new direct-to-consumer pharmacogenetic tests.

Not Right Now

ScienceInsider reports the National Science Foundation has stopped accepting applications for an initiative that enables fellows from its graduate fellowship program to study abroad.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: computer model uses genomic data to investigate RNA virus outbreaks, and more.

Cost of Targeted

Kaiser Health News reports on the high cost of targeted cancer therapies.

ETH Zurich has moved to dismiss a professor accused of bullying, according to ScienceInsider.

Stopped the Funds

An Australian minister stopped the funding of 11 humanities projects selected through peer review, raising concerns among academics, Nature News reports.

Work Together

Jennifer Raff writes at Forbes that some genomics scientists are engaging with under-represented communities for research.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic and other analyses suggest the plant used to make chocolate was domesticated earlier and in a different region than previously thought, and more.

Researchers have uncovered two key genes for deer antler formation, the New York Times reports.

BGI was fined after found in 2015 to be conducting a genetics study illegally, according to the Global Times.

An investigation found no evidence of bullying or gender discrimination, but did find management flaws at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Guardian reports.

In Genome Biology this week: comparative genomic study of endoderm differentiation, a single-cell sequencing method for small and messenger RNAs, and more.

What's Been Pulled

Retraction Watch has launched its database of about 18,000 retracted papers.

Microbial Boost?

Researchers are investigating whether swabbing newborns with their mothers' microbes will boost their own microbiome and prevent disease, according to NPR.

Othman Laraki, the CEO and co-founder of Color Genomics chats with Barron's Penta.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: whole genome and population genetic analysis of two aspen species, signatures of circulating hepatocellular carcinoma tumor DNA, and more.


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

Pennsylvania State University's Kathleen Grogan says researchers need to approach data on gender and racial diversity in the sciences like they would any other dataset.

The National Science Foundation is adding questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to its Survey of Earned Doctorates, according to Science Careers.

Nature asked scientists whether they were satisfied with their careers to find that most were, with some variation.