The Scan

Some health insurance companies are declining to cover multi-gene panel tests, Reuters reports.

Between the Coasts

The Wall Street Journal profiles NewLink Genetics, a biotech company based in Iowa.

Researchers isolate DNA from a 170,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: Mycobacterium tuberculosis pangenome, Venus clam immune transcriptome, and more.

Let's Talk About It

About a third of breast cancer patients are highly interested in genetic testing, but less than half of those interested actually discuss testing with their doctor, according to a new report.

Genes as One Factor

Swedish researchers report on a genetic component to sexual offending risk.

From Mom's Genes

Researchers report that which genes a mother has can influence the development of her baby's microbiome.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: mountain gorilla genomes highlight low genetic diversity, and more.

Genome sequencing may soon be another debate among new parents, Helen Thomas writes at New Scientist.

A new VH1 series is to follow a mobile DNA testing truck around New York and elsewhere.

PCR in Space

Have a question about how DNA behaves in space? A contest from Boeing, Amplyus, and MfA is searching for projects to send to the International Space Station.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: metagenomic study of tuberculosis victims from the 18th century, and more.

A Different Order

Exome sequencing is changing how diagnoses for rare diseases are arrived at, when one is found.

All in the Height

Researchers examine how the Dutch may have gotten so tall.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: GWAS with immunophenotyping to examine genetic architecture of the immune system, hepatitis C virus sequesters miR-122 during infection, and more.

A study appearing in Pediatrics finds that slightly more than 10 percent of human breast milk samples bought over the Internet also contain cow's milk at high levels.

The Time It Takes

23andMe's Anne Wojcicki discusses the pace of genomic medicine with CBS News.

DNA-based ancestry testing is helping to uncover some of the stories behind 'Gertie's Babies,' the New York Times reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: essential Pseudomonas aeruginosa genes, role of snoRNAs in mouse metabolic stress response pathway, and more. is learning from the example of 23andMe as it negotiates a move toward medical research and consumer genetic testing.

And Another

A fourth paper from MIT's Robert Weinberg has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

The New York Times gets a peek into Bill Nye the Science Guy's apartment in the city.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: omic characterization of aggressive rice blast pathogen strain, genomic assessment of Mycobacterium ulcerans in Ghana, and more.

The new Riken president plans to implement changes to prevent research misconduct.

Ever a Maverick

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's tweet suggesting frequent blood tests drew criticism, but many researchers are looking toward such testing.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.