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The Scan

A recent conference discussed genetic genealogy in light of new US Department of Justice guidelines, the New York Times reports.

In Genome Research this week: new tool to identify protein coding sequences, droplet digital PCR-based assay to quantify mitochondrial DNA, and more.

In PNAS this week: induced "BRCAness" phenotype in non-small cell lung cancer, chemoproteomic profiling approach, and more.

Discover's D-brief blog reports that researcher have bred calves from a bull that had undergone genome editing.

Nature News speaks with the secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences about efforts to increase the diversity of Nobel Prize recipients.

The Meaning?

A genetic counselor tells the Toronto Star that she's seen more and more individuals who don't know what to do with their consumer genetic testing results.

Three researchers have won this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for their work uncovering how cells react to changing oxygen levels.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some sequencing projects that currently return no or limited testing results are looking to expand what they tell participants.

To the Source

DNA testing traces Dutch food poisoning outbreak to a meat processing center, Reuters reports.

In PLOS this week: missense variant linked to hereditary leukodystrophy in dogs, genetic variants associated with drug-induced interstitial lung disease, and more.

With a Sharpie

A new report examines increased threats to scientific independence in the US, the Guardian reports.

Do It on Purpose?

A team of researchers says introducing microbes to Mars is inevitable and should be done proactively, Business Insider reports.

Not for a While

In a court filing, lawyers say Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO of Theranos, hasn't paid them in a year, the Mercury News reports.

In Science this week: bioinformatic method to tease out biologically active small molecules encoded in the human microbiome, and more.

The Trump Administration plans to add DNA samples from individuals in immigration custody to the FBI crime database, the New York Times reports.

The Washington Post reports the loss of staff following USDA agencies' move has affected their ability to release and conduct reports and allot funding.

Bit Too Casual

According to CBS News, US National Academy of Sciences had to take down a video and tweet it posted earlier this week on gene editing.

In Nature this week: researchers map evolution of monarch butterfly's resistance to cardiac glycoside toxins, and more.

A new report finds that 3 percent of grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health involve at least one researcher with a financial conflict of interest, ScienceInsider says.

Couldn't Re-Do It

The Scientist reports that a new study was unable to replicate one from 2012 that reported a link between genetic variants and brain function.

Researchers have found that dogs' behavioral traits are influences by their breeds' genetic makeup, Science News reports.

In Genome Biology this week: a quantitative MNase-seq approach to map nucleosomes, evaluation of nearly two dozen single-cell transcriptomics-based methods, and more.

Joachim Messing Dies

Joachim Messing, the director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University, has died at 73, the New York Times reports.

To Plead Guilty

Rep. Chris Collins is to plead guilty insider trading charges stemming from his role with Innate Immunotherapeutics, the Washington Post reports.

Needs Plan Acceptance

Bloomberg reports that whether a Russian researcher moves ahead with his plan to edit the genomes of embryos may depend upon Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Nature survey reports that PhD students' experiences can be frustrating, but also satisfying.

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.