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NPR writes that three large-scale genetic research projects in the US represent different approaches to data sharing.

Janet Woodcock, the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the US Food and Drug Administration, says changes are needed for all benefit from biomedical advances.

In PLOS this week: deletion in NME5 linked to primary ciliary dyskinesia in Alaskan Malamutes, study of rabies virus movement in Ontario, and more.

An environmental DNA analysis of Loch Ness uncovered more eel DNA than expected, the Guardian reports.

Just Like The Old Cat

Agence France-Presse reports that the Chinese firm Sinogene has successfully cloned a pet cat.

For a Breakthrough

Winners of this year's Breakthrough Prize in the life sciences include researchers who studied neurodegenerative disorders and protein folding.

In Science this week: sequencing study of 523 ancient individuals from South and Central Asia, and more.

In Nature this week: study of RNA polymerase that transcribes influenza, annotated chromosome-level reference genome assembly for the pea, and more.

Fox News reports that rapid DNA testing is being used to identify victims of the Santa Barbara boat fire.

Microbiome testing firm uBiome has filed for bankruptcy months after the FBI searched its offices as part of an investigation into its billing practices.

Health insurers in the US are devising new approaches to handle the high costs of gene therapies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Careful With That

Researchers warn that there are finite ancient samples for genetic analysis and argue that policies should be in place to ensure they are studied responsibly.

The Scientist reports on efforts to tease out what Neanderthal-derived alleles in modern humans do.

And His Role?

Vox writes that few questions have been asked abut former US Defense Secretary James Mattis' role on the Theranos board.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of colorectal cancer progression, secretion system used by Vibrio cholerae, and more.

Scientists take measures to protect against the effects of Hurricane Dorian, ScienceInsider reports.

Just a Snooze Needed

Researchers uncovered a variant in the β1-adrenergic receptor gene that appears to influence how much sleep someone needs, the New York Times reports.

Biobank Growth

NPR reports on the growth of the UK Biobank and its contribution to numerous scientific publications.

In PNAS this week: transcriptomic and epigenomic sequence differences in glioblastoma models, approach to analyze small amounts of extracellular RNA, and more.

The Los Angeles Times reports that a cranium fossil that was found in Ethiopia is shedding new light on the Australopithecus anamensis hominin.


Gene-edited hornless cattle may have unwanted bacterial DNA in their genomes, reports MIT Technology Review.

There's Another Way

PhD programs should help students to pursue careers other than academia, Nature News says.

In Science this week: a large-scale genome-wide assocation study of same-sex sexual behavior, the utility of liquid biopsies to detect cancers earlier than conventional methods, and more.

Because I Said So

A new study finds that self-citations in the sciences are happening at an alarmingly high rate, Quartz says.

Aiuta Gli Scienziati

The abrupt collapse of Italy's government is leaving scientists in the lurch, Nature News says.


A proposed rule would deem graduate students at private institutions to not be employees, which ScienceInsider reports might affect unionization efforts.

A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.

A UK survey of researchers who identified as LGBT+ and allies uncovered evidence of unwelcoming workplace climates in the physical sciences.