The Scan

A pair of economists uses genetic attainment scores to examine the effect of parental income on the success of their children.

Demand for Counselors

Wired reports on the shortage of genetic counselors as demand for their skills increase.

A Rutgers University cancer researcher says she was fired in retaliation for challenging an authorship decision, ScienceInsider reports.

In Genome Research this week: novel nematode gene families, approach to characterize nuclear bodies and other large ribonucleoprotein complexes, and more.

Editing in the Womb

Researchers use a CRISPR approach in utero to treat a lethal condition in mice, Stat News reports.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on the difficulties health insurers face with new gene and cell therapies.

The political action committee 314 Action is helping prepare some scientist-candidates for election night, Harper's Bazaar reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: effect of PD-L1 expression on immunotherapy response, endogenous retrovirus segregation in European rabbits, and more.

Researchers plan to sequence a hundred Pacific Northwest orcas to aid in their conservation, the Associated Press reports.

A University College London professor calls for more genetic research on more ethnically diverse populations, according to the Guardian.

ScienceInsider reports that about half the recipients of this year's Pioneer Awards and Early Independence Awards from the National Institutes of Health were women. 

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: host genetic variants affecting Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia, differentially methylated regions in lung cancer, and more.

Scientists say that a DARPA project to use bugs to modify plant genes could be viewed as a bioweapon, the Associated Press reports.

Likely Allowed

New Japanese guidelines would allow for gene editing of human embryos for research purposes, according to Nature News.

Researchers call for the archiving of microbes found in high-diversity microbiomes, NPR reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: molecular drivers of small cell neuroendocrine carcinomas, and more.

Be OK Post-Brexit

The UK science minister, Sam Gyimah, says researchers there will be OK post-Brexit at ScienceInsider.

Makeover Opportunity

A change in leadership could offer the New England Journal of Medicine the chance to re-make itself, write Retraction Watch's Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky, at Stat News.

For Evolution

In an opinion piece at the Guardian, the National History Museum's Michael Dixon says the removal of Darwin and evolution from school curriculum is worrisome.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: gene editing for tomato domestication, genome assemblies of inbred mouse strains, and more.

California Institute of Technology's Frances Arnold was awarded half this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, while the University of Missouri's George Smith and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology's Gregory Winter will split the other half.

Technology Review reports on startup Catalog Technologies' prototype to store data as DNA.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the ethics of genetic testing for aesthetic traits in embryos.

In Genome Biology this week: DNA methylation in soybean accessions, genetic ancestry of Uralic speakers, and more.

Minor Collection

A new California bill signed into law governs how law enforcement in the state can collect DNA samples from minors, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Nature News reports that doing a postdoc might not help researchers find employment.

Pennsylvania State University's Kathleen Grogan says researchers need to approach data on gender and racial diversity in the sciences like they would any other dataset.

The National Science Foundation is adding questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to its Survey of Earned Doctorates, according to Science Careers.

Nature asked scientists whether they were satisfied with their careers to find that most were, with some variation.