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The Scan

Shared Origins

A researcher applies phylogenetic approaches to study the origins of creationist legislation in the US.

Shift Subtle Biases

Claire Pomeroy from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation writes that a 'culture shift' is needed to support women in science.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: CRISPR as breakthrough of the year, and more.

Some pathogenic gene variants are only weakly linked to disease, writes Ed Yong at the Atlantic.

As part of wellness programs, companies are beginning to offer employees genetic testing.

In a tongue-in-cheek yet serious study, researchers report that men with moustaches outnumber women in leadership positions at US academic medical departments.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: bacterial diversity in the gut microbiomes, and more.

When eminent researchers in a scientific field die, space opens up for new ideas, according to a new analysis.

Robert Green writes at the Huffington Post that genomic sequencing might not disrupt medical practice, but rather give clinicians another tool to use.

In PLOS Medicine, investigators say that medical research isn't as diverse as it should be, and offer ways to address that gap.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: single-cell RNA sequencing study of immune cells, killifish genome characterization, and more.

The number of National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials has dipped as the number funded by industry has risen, a trio of Johns Hopkins researchers says.

A GAO review finds no evidence of disparities in grant success rates by gender at agencies with sufficient data, but some agencies are not conducting required Title IX compliance reviews.

Path to a Lasker

Lasker Award winner Evelyn Witkin discusses her career in a Q&A with the New York Times.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: identification of human follicle mite lineages using mtDNA, copy number expansions in cattle NK-lysin gene, and more.

The changes that occur to the microbiome upon death may someday be harnessed as a forensic tool.

And Confirmed, Too

Cherry Murray has been confirmed as the new Department of Energy Office of Science head.

Researchers hope to again use DNA testing to confirm that Romanovs were killed during the Russian Revolution, NPR reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gene expression differences in plants susceptible to or resistant to Plum pox virus, novel human pegivirus, and more.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the debate over regulation of lab-developed tests.

Devil's Deal?

The Woodrow Wilson International Center's Eleonore Pauwels and Jim Dratwa examine personalized medicine as a sort of Faustian bargain.

With a new collaboration with the Wallenberg Center for Protein Research, AstraZeneca is looking to the secretome, Reuters says.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: earning outcomes for US PhD recipients, and more.

CNBC's Meg Tirrell says she's happy she got her genome sequenced, though she didn't make many changes to her life because of it.

Mish Mash of Cells

The cells that make up tumors influence how they respond to treatment, suggesting that tumors need to be deeply sampled to develop personalized treatments.


A program at the University of Colorado Boulder shakes up science teaching.

Keeping to a schedule helps principal investigators keep their lab and research humming along, the Nature Jobs blog says.

A Harvard professor blogs about how a hiring committee he is on is conducting its faculty search.

At The Scientist, Muhammad Ahmed argues that postdocs need to be supported to ensure countries' scientific prowess.