The Scan

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: co-evolutionary signatures of insect hosts and bacterial symbionts, distinct transcript isoforms of high-grade ovarian cancer, and more.

NIH's Francis Collins writes that scientific advances are poised to help populations all over the world, but more scientists are needed to keep the momentum.

New Treatments to Try

A study appearing in Cell suggests some metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer patients could benefit from PARP inhibitor therapy.

Litterbugs Beware

Hong Kong is using DNA phenotyping to shame litterers.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: swapping yeast genes with human orthologs to study conservation of function, and more.

Social media is changing how scientists discuss research, as tweets from University of Chicago's Yoav Gilad about a Mouse ENCODE paper have shown, Nature reports.

The Lasker Foundation's Claire Pomeroy laments the state of NIH funding at Forbes.

It's Both

A large meta-analysis from an international team reports that nature and nurture have about an equal overall influence on human traits.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: factors affecting the success of whole-genome sequencing for routine clinical diagnosis, and more.

Right at the Source

At The Conversation, the University of Birmingham's Nick Loman writes about his group's efforts to bring genome sequencing and surveillance to disease outbreak sites.

The Guardian's Suzanne Goldenberg examines Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is safeguarding seeds and the genetic diversity they harbor.

In Genome Biology this week: MRSA genetic diversity, genome features linked to bee sociality, and more.

Time to Talk

The US National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine plan to hold an international meeting in the fall to discuss ethical and other issues surrounding human genome editing.

Consent and Research

A new law raises concerns about how getting consent to use de-identified samples will affect the ability to conduct research.

Smoking Signs

Researchers find an epigenetic signature of smoking in buccal cells.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: single-cell RNA sequencing study of the human brain, sequencing study of cicada endosymbiont, and more.

The European Commission is developing a new science advice system to inform policymakers, ScienceInsider reports.

And They Say...

More than two dozen researchers tell Nature Biotechnology their thoughts on the ethics of using the CRISPR-Cas9 approach to edit the human germline.

The University of Oxford's Dorothy Bishop ponders the future of scientific publishing.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: DNA barcodes for identifying plants in herbal remedies, copy number and DNA methylation patterns in HBV-linked liver cancer, and more.

Only a small portion of UK universities is making their research misconduct investigations public, Nature says.

Single-molecule biology and single-cell genomics are poised to enable precision medicine, writes Harvard's X. Sunney Xie in JAMA.

The Cat Microbiome

Through Kickstarter, researchers are seeking funds to study the microbiome of the kitty-cat.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: microRNA expression as marker for injury due to radiation exposure, and more.

Just Another Test

Physicians are as prepared for genetic and genomic testing as any other new technology, researchers say in Science Translational Medicine.


At Bitesize Bio, Dhivya Kumar shares tips for figuring out your post-grad school career move.

At her blog, Dr. Becca details how she plans to deal with low funding as she heads toward tenure review.

At his blog, the Genomic Repairman recounts his transition from PhD student to postdoc.

An advice column response on dealing with an ogling advisor sparks an outcry.