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This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: short tandem repeats contribute to gene expression variation in humans, mutation linked to cold-aggravated peripheral pain, and more.

A guest blogger at Retraction Watch addresses the problem of cell line cross-contamination.

The Irish government issues a report that calls for greater research and development investment.

Australia may take on its own project to sequence 100,000 genomes, according to the PHG Foundation.

In Genome Research this week: pan-African bioinformatics network, X and Y chromosome evolution in pigs, and more.

The Price of Agar

A seaweed shortage has led to higher prices for the lab staple agar, Nature News reports.

For Truth

Google's Life Science Division has the new, though old fashioned-sounding, name of Verily, Stat News reports.

Boom, Ideas

Under a new scheme, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is to receive $166 million.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: computational approach for finding heterotic patterns in hybrid wheat, single-cell RNA-seq study of fetal brain development, and more.

A separate research team finds that the tardigrade genome may house much fewer horizontal gene transfer-acquired genes than a recent report found, the Atlantic says.

Passing on the Change

Researchers find that epigenetic changes occur in men's sperm after they undergo bariatric surgery.

Colorado State University's Kathy Partin is to be the next head of the US Office of Research Integrity, according to Retraction Watch.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: SNP data helps retrace migration and admixture events in South America, Czechoslovakian wolfdog genetic features, and more.

Statement Says

After three days of discussion, the International Summit on Human Gene Editing says germline genome editing is currently "irresponsible," but other research can be monitored under current guidelines.

DNA Data Storage

The New York Times reports that research teams are making strides in DNA-based data storage.

A researcher turns to Twitter for advice on returning research results to study participants.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genetic mutations linked to neurodevelopmental disorder risk in newborns with heart disease, and more.

The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology is trimming the number of studies it will seek to reproduce to 37, Nature News reports.

Even if there's a stigma attached, researchers who uncover errors in their papers are supposed to correct or retract them, The Scientist writes.

Dogs are attractive models for studying the genetic and environmental basis of disease, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Berkeley's Doudna and Harvard's Church discuss implications of genome editing, and more.

Genotype for Quitting

A meta-analysis in Translational Psychiatry links a certain genotype to having an easier time quitting smoking.

The Spanish government has announced the creation of the State Research Agency, ScienceInsider says.

Researchers develop a method to capture protein-protein interactions as well as to gauge how frequently they occur and their strength.

In Genome Biology this week: characterization of low-abundance microbial DNA from clinical samples, pipeline for dealing with Hi-C data, and more.


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.