The Scan

From Pigs to People

A startup company is betting that CRISPR could be used to enable xenotransplantation from pigs to humans, Technology Review reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: 3D genome structures, CRISPR approach prevents retinitis pigmentosa in mice, and more.

Which'll Be First?

Researchers are focusing on diseases caused by single, rare mutations as initial CRISPR therapy targets, CNBC reports.

In at PLOS One

Retraction Watch speaks with PLOS One's new editor about the journal's decline in the number of papers published and his plans for the journal.

Researchers link a serotonin transporter gene variant to social anxiety disorder risk, Psychology Today reports.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: isomiR-based cancer classifier, map of VjbR binding in Brucella, and more.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pick Seema Verma has been confirmed, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Here it Comes

ScienceInsider reports that UK researchers are bracing themselves for the coming Brexit.

NPR reports that even with the advent of targeted cancer treatments, there's still a place for chemotherapy.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: antibiotic component may suppress nonsense mutations, long-fingered bat genome includes endogenous retrovirus not found in other bats, and more.

President Donald Trump taps Scott Gottlieb, an American Enterprise Institute fellow, to run the Food and Drug Administration.

The Family Variant

The Columbus Dispatch tells the story of two sisters who've inherited a rare genetic illness.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: mitochondrial mutation linked to tubulointerstitial kidney disease, asthma protection variant, and more.

A new bill would allow employers to require employees to undergo genetic testing.

Numbers Going Up

A new report finds gains among women as research paper authors, the Economist reports.

Researchers and companies move to develop blood-based tests for concussion, according to Scientific American.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: a suite of studies from the Synthetic Yeast genome Project.

Ronald DePinho has resigned as president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Stat News reports.

Canadian lawmakers pass a genetic non-discrimination bill, CBC News reports.

Not the Same Strain

Genetic analysis finds that the bird flu strain found on a Tennessee chicken farm differs from one linked to multiple deaths in China, Reuters reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: analysis of DNA from Neanderthal tooth plaque, method for measuring chromatin contacts, and more.

Bit of a Specter

Ohio State University's Carlo Croce is facing new allegations of research misconduct, according to the New York Times.

Poor, Snubbed Archaea

The Atlantic reports that archaea are often neglected by microbiome studies.

Eh, Sure

A judge says that despite misgivings, uncertain forensic approaches are allowed in court because they are "better than nothing," Scientific American reports.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: TIRAP mutation effect reversed, ultraviolet exposure effects on transcription, and more.


A survey of UK academics found that women tended to have higher teaching loads than men, according to Nature News.

A study appearing in PNAS finds that the mean age of the US scientific workforce is increasing.

At Science Careers, Princeton University's Julian West advises new researchers to read widely.

At Science Careers, a researcher describes how her rejuvenated postdoc science policy committee is promoting science.