The Scan

Researchers report that even people with a high genetic risk of heart disease benefit from exercise, according to Time magazine.

Ready to Go, But?

Technology Review writes that though CRISPR trials in people are beginning, studies in monkeys haven't provided much data.

All the Residents

A state in India is teaming up with a German company to develop a blockchain-based database of genomic data, according to Quartz.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool for examining transcription factor-DNA binding intensities, algorithm for classifying metagenomic sequence data, and more.

23andMe's Anne Wojcicki writes in an opinion piece at Stat News that people can understand their genetic risk information without the input of experts.

Put It Here First

China announces new rules for the deposition of scientific data generated within the country prior to publication, Science reports.

A new open-access African science journal is to debut later this year, according to the Guardian.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: ties between immunity and growth patterns in children, gene regulation in Acrobeloides nanus, and more.

Advances in gene therapy and other fields could aid in protecting astronauts from the effects of radiation, the Guardian says.

A study finds that male science students have higher opinions of their abilities than female students earning the same grade, the New York Times reports.

Researcher convicted of stealing genetically modified rice seeds gets 10 years, Reuters reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: PCR-based approach to diagnose eye infection in cats and dogs, genomic analysis of Chinook salmon, and more.

A research institute bearing Nobel laureate James Watson's name is to be built in China, though Science reports its namesake is not sure it will go forward.

Ease Up

Some cancer researchers are pushing to relax clinical trial eligibility requirements, according to Nature.

Diverse Data Needed

Gizmodo writes that if personalized medicine is to benefit all, studies need to include diverse populations.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new donkey genome assembly, visualization of the herpes simplex virus, and more.

Sequencing has helped clarify the baleen whale family tree, though the researchers tell the New York Times it's more of a phylogenetic network.

Team Effort

Science has become more of a group effort, according to a science of science analysis and NIH numbers.

At the Guardian, EBI's Ewan Birney writes that DNA is a tool people can use, not a harbinger of the future.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: fatal pig virus sequenced and traced to bats, and more.

An unexpected test result has led to a lawsuit against a retired obstetrician gynecologist, the Washington Post reports.

Mummy's Result

The Federal Bureau of Investigation researchers helped a museum in Boston analyze the DNA of a 4,000-year-old mummified head, the New York Times says.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has examined the prevalence of resistant Enterobacteriaceae.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: two waves of Denisovan-human mixing, open chromatin accessibility patterns during embryogenesis, and more.

Physicians and prostate cancer patients are beginning to turn to genomic tests to guide treatment decisions, according to the Wall Street Journal.


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.

NIH's Michael Lauer looks at the number of grants, their amount, and funding success rates at the agency for last year.