The Scan

To Disclose or Not

A survey of thousands of researchers explores why some share their findings prior to publication.


A new study finds that a shorter treatment course might work just as well as a longer one for women with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer, NPR says.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 screen finds key cell surface receptor used by the chikungunya virus, and more.

Oh, I Remember It Now

Transferring RNA between sea slugs can also transfer memories, a new eNeuro study has found.

Mostly Men, Eh?

Male scientists are more likely to win a National Institutes of Health grant for early investigators, according to Science.

Up in the Trees

Researchers sequenced an ancient DNA from an extinct giant ground sloth to find it is a sister group to one group of modern sloths.

In Genome Biology this week: antibody-independent chromatin interaction mapping method, computational approach for identifying common, rare cell types from single-cell data; and more.

Apology for Toasting

Eric Lander has apologized for toasting Nobel laureate James Watson, who has espoused racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic views, Stat News reports.

Biohacking Worries

The New York Times reports that biohackers are also concerned about the potential harms of DIY genetic engineering.

Who Can Get It?

A CBS News station in California reports on newborn heel-prick blood spot testing and later use of those samples.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: improved blood-based nasopharyngeal carcinoma screening, ray-finned fish phylogeny, and more.

Abilities of Water?

A genetic counselor sent in a blank sample for analysis by a genetic testing company and writes at The DNA Exchange that she received a report back.

A commentary argues against overturning Canada's anti-genetic discrimination law, CBC News reports.

CRISPR Investments

The Motley Fool posts a guide to for investors interested in gene editing.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: Huntington's disease modifiers, possible new Chikungunya virus subgroup, and more.


Svante Pääbo and his team are trying to grow brain organoids containing Neanderthal DNA, The Guardian reports.

The case, in which the bureau is using DNA from fetal remains to try to track down the mother, is raising privacy concerns and could have implications for abortion rights, The Verge reports.

Going Too Fast

An editorial in Science says the cancer immunotherapy industry may be outpacing the science.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new details about ancient human migration across Asia, and more.

Yoooooouuuuuu're Out!

A petition demanding that the National Academy of Sciences revoke the membership of sexual harassers has already received more than 1,000 signature, Buzzfeed reports.

A study by a researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt predicts that the US has reached its peak for Nobel Prizes in science, and that its success rate will start to go down.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomes of ancient humans from Eurasia, a skin-tanning GWAS, and more.

School is in Session

Doctors need more training in order to give patients the best advice on all the new genetic tests on the market, according to The Verge.

Delete Your Account?

For people who no longer trust that their DNA is safe in the hands of companies like 23andMe and Ancestry, there are ways to at least partially delete their data.

The Sacramento Bee says Wall Street is 10 years ahead of Congress when it comes to DNA testing, creating consumer unease about privacy.


A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calls for changing metrics to make STEM graduate school more student-centered, according to Science.

Two postdocs and a PhD hosted a panel discussion at Memorial Sloan Kettering on career advancement in science and what researchers can expect when they leave the lab.

An analysis of speakers at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting finds that women are less likely to be invited to talk, according to the Guardian.

An analysis appearing in PeerJ finds that social media mentions of a paper may lead to increased citations.