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The Scan

Tread Carefully

A collection of essays from the Hastings Center examines the ethics of genetic research into intelligence.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information is working on renaming incorrectly labeled genomes, according to Mike the Mad Biologist.

Simpler and Cheaper

University of Sussex's James Wilsdon discusses the UK Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills proposal to cut costs.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: 1,000 Genome Project findings, locus protective against malaria, and more.

This Little Piggy…

BGI says it will be selling gene-edited 'micropigs' as pets.

Licenses Revoked

An informatician restricts the use of his phylogenetic tree-building tool to protest friendly immigration policies.

Can Have Them Both

PHG Foundation's Ron Zimmern and the CDC's Muin Khoury say a "multifaceted approach" is needed to address population health.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: literature-mining method for uncovering additional gene-disease associations, database of human embryonic stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cell lines, and more.

Hold the Chemo

Most women with early stage breast cancer who receive a low recurrence risk score on Genomic Health's Oncotype DX test do well on hormonal therapy alone, a new study says.

Cardiologist Michael Lauer is to be the new deputy director of extramural research at the National Institutes of Health.

These Geniuses

This year's crop of MacArthur fellows includes the University of Chicago's John Novembre, Harvard Medical School's Beth Stevens, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Lorenz Studer, among others.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: heritability of face recognition, method for exploring direct and indirect connections in biological networks, and more.

High Price

At the Wall Street Journal, the Commonwealth Fund's David Blumenthal discusses the contribution of personalized medicines to the high cost of pharmaceuticals.

A pair of researchers from the US National Institutes of Health discusses ways to combat deceptive clinical trial participants.

Angelina Jolie's 2013 disclosure about her decision to undergo preventive surgery increased the public's knowledge about breast cancer treatments.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: Chrysochromulina tobin draft genome, genetic heterogeneity in Algerian populations, and more.

The US Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter this week to Pathway Genomics regarding its liquid biopsy cancer screening test.

Francis Crick's granddaughter has donated a sculpture to be auctioned at a fundraiser for the new Francis Crick Institute.

Mindset Shift

A PhD student discusses ways in which to overcome objections to data sharing.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: special section on recent advances in genetics, prenatal genetic screening, and more.

Nobel Gazing

Thomson Reuters predicts that the developers of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing approach may win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Two new studies appearing in Nature fail to replicate the findings of the discredited STAP papers.

Not a Good View

A survey conducted by the L'Oréal Foundation highlights the public's perception of women as scientists.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: tooth enamel origins, new blood pressure-linked loci, and more.

Genome sequencing may lead to a diagnosis of a rare disease, and it may lead to a community of people sharing similar experiences.


At Quartz, Jennifer Walker discusses the little talked about issue of depression in graduate school.

More and more researchers leading labs are seeking management skills, Nature Jobs reports.

At the Chronicle of Higher Education, David Perlmutter offers ways to gauge whether an academic department is not the place for you.

A former Tufts provost argues that tenure is what keeps US universities strong.