The Scan

Oversight Uncovered

Spectrum News reports that a group has uncovered a statistical flaw in a recent paper linking new genes to autism or developmental delay.

Researchers and companies are moving away from cells for their bioengineering projects, according to the Economist.

Researchers have developed a spit-based miRNA test to gauge concussion duration in children, NPR reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of melanoma subtypes, golden orb-weaver genome, and more.

NIH Director Francis Collins tells Yahoo! News that Congress' decision to give the agency additional funding was "reassuring."

From Neuron to Neuron

Researchers describe an effort to examine somatic mosaicism in neurons and if that contributes to disease risk, Scientific American writes.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: host-microbe interactions and cancer drug response; links between transcription rate, mRNA translation, and methylation; and more.

Just Talk?

Bloomberg Gadfly's Max Nisen says to not take threats by the Trump Administration to cut NIH funding at face value.

John Littlefield Dies

John Littlefield, a pediatrician and geneticist, has died, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Keep on Moving

Researchers find that physical activity can attenuate the effect of genetic obesity risk, as ABC News reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic feature of ALL relapse in Down syndrome patients, Plasmodium falciparum parasite strain structure, and more.

What You Mean Is…?

The UN climate chief asks researchers to speak more plainly, Agence France-Presse reports.

UKRI Bill Passed

UK passes legislation changing how scientific research is funded, Nature News reports.

US lawmakers hammer out a budget deal for this fiscal year that includes a boost for the National Institutes of Health budget.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: red blood cell GWAS of Hispanic or Latino cohort, skin microbe community patterns of pre-term infants, and more.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

Concise Consent

A study appearing in PLOS One finds that shortened consent forms don't affect clinical trial participants' understanding of the study.

The National Security Agency monitored signal intelligence for signs of "nefarious" genetic engineering projects, Gizmodo reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: barley genome sequenced, method for genotyping and phasing short tandem repeats, and more.

Dog DNA testing finds that some purebreds might not truly be purebreds, Inside Edition reports.

Mary Beckerle has returned as director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, according to ScienceInsider.


The US National Institutes of Health's new plan will bolster support for early- and mid-career investigators.

Steven Hyman writes at Nature News that staff scientists could help research institutions take on ambitious research projects.

The NIH proposes using a Grant Support Index to limit the total amount of grant support any one principal investigator can have.

A survey of UK academics found that women tended to have higher teaching loads than men, according to Nature News.