The Scan

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: alternative splicing patterns in sunflowers, EGFR inhibitor resistance in lung adenocarcinoma, and more.

This Week in PLOS

Immune cell regulation, comparative genomics on pathogens behind scrub typhus, and genetic diversity in annatto plant ancestors.

Not Just Fast

The Rady Children's Hospital rapid pediatric genome sequencing program is featured in the Washington Post.

My Genes Say What?

Maggie Fox looks into DTC testing using kits from 23andMe, Vitagene, Helix, and Orig3n.

President Trump's lack of science advice has some experts wringing their hands in the run up to a meeting with Kim Jong-un.

The European Commission says its Horizon Europe project has a budget of nearly €100 billion and will set aside €5 billion to €10 billion for moonshot-style research, according to Nature News.

Scientists in Chile are cheering their government's approval for the creation of the new ministry, but are waiting to see what kind of budget it gets, ScienceInsider reports. 

Paul Boyer Dies

Nobel laureate and ATP researcher Paul Boyer has died, according to the Los Angeles Times.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new and improved orangutan and chimpanzee genome assemblies, and more.

Trailed Behind

Researchers seeking political office didn't fare well in the primaries, Science reports.

Why Do It?

Researchers examine what motivates people to become donors for fecal microbiome transplants, according to the New York Times.

A new analysis finds that one company filed most of the patents on genes from deep-sea organisms, the Independent reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week :human plasma proteome genetic atlas, and more.

MyHeritage experienced a data breach in which all of its users' email addresses were exposed, according to Stat News.

Neighborhood Rattus

Researchers genetically analyzed rat populations in different cities to find that related rats cluster in the same neighborhoods, the Washington Post reports.

Mother Jones reports that some data used for interpreting what BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations mean are kept private.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: software tool to identify disease-causing mutations, web-based service for co-localization analyses, and more.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: AMD risk allele is protective against choroidal thickening, p53 transcriptional program is altered in cancer-associated fibroblasts, and more.

Jens Christian Skou, who won the 1997 Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died, the Washington Post reports.

Farmed Release

The release of farmed Chinese giant salamanders may push wild populations to extinction, as their genetics differ, the New York Times writes.

'Unnecessary Labels?'

A researcher in Australia is seeking tighter regulation of genetic testing, according to

NPR conducted a poll that asked people in the US about genetic testing to find that about a third have considered it.

Curiosity and Privacy

Popular Science looks into the data direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies share and how customers can opt out.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: DNA-based diagnostic for parasitic strongyloidiasis, breed-specific SNPs in Bos taurus, and more.

Stat News reports that a sponsor of the US "right-to-try" bill says in a letter that it "intends to diminish the FDA's power."


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.

The Nature Jobs blog reports that the University of Chicago is no longer requiring graduate school applicants to submit standardized test scores.

At Nature, the University of Alberta's Devang Mehta calls on PIs to engage in conversations about racism.