The Scan

The former head of the CDC is being accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks without her consent in October 2017, reports the Washington Post.

Scientists are worried that new federal rules on IRBs could cost too much in actual fees for young researchers, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The founders of the popular blog spoke to University Affairs about why they think scientific misconduct happens and what could be done to create greater transparency.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: eQTLs contributing to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder, a genomic analysis of malaria parasites that infect African great apes, and more.

Researchers examine the genetic makeup of dogs at animal shelters in Arizona and California and how well that matches with what breeds shelters say a dog may be.

Areas of Concern

The US National Institutes of Health is investigating concerns that researchers it funded didn't divulge ties to foreign organizations, according to Stat News.

Researchers have conducted a genetic analysis of pythons living in southern Florida.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic and epidemiological study tracking recent Brazilian yellow fever outbreak, and more.

Lawmakers have proposed an amendment to get the US National Institutes of Health to retire its chimps more quickly, Stat News reports.

Law enforcement officials have relied on genetic genealogy to make an arrest in a decade-old series of rapes, the Associated Press reports.

Scientific American writes that shifting the balance of GRF4-DELLA in rice could lead the crop to use nitrogen more efficiently.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genome of an ancient hominin with a Neanderthal mother and Denisovan father, and more.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reports that a Japanese government panel has decided not to regulate some types of gene editing. 

One Base

Wired reports that researchers in China have used base editing to fix a Marfan syndrome-linked mutation in human embryos.

Science has drawn up a list of topics to discuss with Kelvin Droegemeier, the nominee to direct the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: genome-wide chromatin accessibility profile of mouse tissues, urea cycle dysregulation in cancer, and more.

A new estimate places the last universal common ancestor to life on Earth as living 3.9 billion years ago, Inverse reports.

All So Similar

23andMe's Anne Wojcicki ponders DNA and what it means to be human in a New York Times essay.

Bloomberg reports that researchers and drug companies are modeling anti-obesity treatments after the rare genetic condition essential fructosuria.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: retinitis pigmentosa gene therapy, role of microbiome in growth stunting, and more.

The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Case Goes On

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.

Funding Lost

Cancer researcher loses funding under new Wellcome Trust anti-bullying policies, the Guardian reports.


Gene editing is expected to give rise to new job opportunities, according to BBC Capital.

A new analysis finds that better grant-writing skills may help early-career researchers stay funded and stay in academia.

At Nature, a graduate student describes how to explore careers outside academia and what PhD programs can do help that search.

A new analysis of research funding finds that after receiving their first award, female researchers are just about as likely to receive additional awards as male researchers.