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The Scan

Wildlife biologists turn to eDNA as a tool to monitor fish, mammals, and more, NPR says.

New York is weighing allowing familial DNA searches, according to the New York Times.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: social environment contributes to phenotypic variation, zebu genetic patterns and population structure, and more.

Preliminary results from the NASA Twins Study indicate changes in DNA methylation and gene expression due to life in space, Nature News says.

Alterations to Target

Researchers find that genetic testing of pediatric brain cancer can uncover clinically relevant alterations, Technology Review reports.

List Down

Jeffrey Beall's list of predatory publishers is no longer at Scholarly OA, Inside Higher Ed reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: tomato sequencing identifies flavor compounds lost in modern varieties, and more.

A pair of researchers from the American Geophysical Union examines why women are less likely to serve as peer reviewers.

Doing Well

Two children treated with a gene-editing therapy for their leukemia are healthy a year later, according to New Scientist.

EBI researchers find that, in mice, the genetics of one cage mate influences the other's health.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Plasmodium genomes and evolution, novel developmental disorder loci, and more.

Directors of institutes and centers at the US National Institutes of Health were told to limit communications about new regulations, the Huffington Post reports.

The Most Toys…

The online retailer Amazon has started a subscription service for STEM toys, Tech Crunch reports.

Fertility Genetics

Celmatix's Fertilome test aims to give women genetic insight into their fertility.

In Genome Biology this week: epigenetic differences in CML cells, predicting aggressive prostate cancer, and more.

Stat News reports that Joseph Gulfo is another contender for FDA commissioner.

Screen Time

There's a heritable aspect to how much time people spend online, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Model Ant

A Rockefeller University researcher is using edited ants to explore complex biological systems, the New York Times writes.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: variation patterns in wheat lines, regulatory variation in Capsella grandiflora, and more.

Scientists in Protest

Researchers were among this weekend's protesters bemoaning the new US administration, Vox reports.

Through Their Paces

A draft guidance from the FDA suggests the agency wants to more tightly control gene-edited animals, according to Technology Review.

The New York Times speaks with Vanderbilt's John Anthony Capra about Neanderthal genes in modern humans.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: nasal microbial communities in asthma patients; sequencing-based way to detect, track schistosomiasis; and more.

Bit Longer at NIH

The Trump transition team has asked NIH Director Francis Collins to remain at his post, though it's unclear for how long that will be.

FDA and Invention

Outgoing FDA commissioner Robert Califf writes in an editorial that the agency can help boost innovation.


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.

Bitesize Bio's Gail Seigel offers some tips on running a low-budget lab.

The GRE isn't a good predictor of graduate school performance or productivity, according to two PLOS One studies.