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Who's This Kitty Cat?

Digital Trends looks into genetic testing for cats.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: 'reverse genome-wide association study' method; genetic links between Familial Mediterranean Fever and ankylosing spondylitis; and more.

Sydney Brenner Dies

Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner has died at the age of 92, BBC News reports.

The New York Times reports on Scott Gottlieb's plans as he steps down as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Economist explores potential uses of synthetic biology to alter what proteins are produced.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genomic study of convergent evolution of the loss of flight in birds, and more.

An Australian physician group issues guidelines recommending broader offering of genetic carrier screening, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Washington Post reports on the use of genetic tests to guide antidepressant treatment.

Drinking-Linked Loci

A genome-wide association study uncovers genetic variants linked with excessive drinking and alcoholism.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: analysis of gut microbiome of colorectal cancer patients, enzymes that block CRISPR editing, and more.

Mexico is need of genetic counselors, but it will have to overcome some barriers to make that happen.

Canadian regulators this week approved the country's first commercial farm for genetically modified salmon.

This Week in Cell

A predatory publisher and affiliated conference organizer in India has been ordered to pay a massive fine to the FTC.

Paying The Price

A rural county struggles to settle for convictions overturned with DNA evidence.

You Want to Buy What?

Kentucky participants have questions about the people paying for their cheek swabs.

Family trees with a side of forensics.

This Week in PNAS

A re-written bacterial genome, perching bird tree, and proposed prion marker test.

A DNA Dragnet?

Defense lawyers point to a "race-based dragnet" in Queens and Brooklyn.

Devils Bite Back

Tasmanian Devils may be adapting to Devil Facial Tumor Disease.

Dozens of siblings discover one another after 23andMe testing.

This Week in PLOS

A rearrangement-prone region on chromosome 15, trypanosomiasis susceptibility in Cameroon, Korean coronary artery calcification GWAS.

Some, Not All Results

A report from Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and TranspariMed finds some US research institutions are slow to report their clinical trial findings, Nature News says.

Researchers are examining what makes Aedes aegytpi mosquitos be able to detect humans, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Marshall University researchers examine the effect of walnuts on gene expression in breast tumors.


Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.

A new analysis by Northwestern University researchers finds that female and male first-time PIs receive differing amounts of funding.

Some 43 percent of new mothers and 23 percent of new fathers leave full-time employment in STEM in the years after having a child, Science Careers says.