The Scan

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: variant linked to language condition common to Chile's Robinson Crusoe Island, expression of certain genes varies with blood pressure, and more.

The National Science Foundation presents a new open-access policy for researchers it funds.

Researchers call out the Irish government's focus on economically important research at the expense of fundamental research.

Papers Pulled

MIT's Robert Weinberg has retracted two papers, and a third is forthcoming, for the improper assembly of figures, Retraction Watch says.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new mutagenic chain reaction method, call for discussion on genome engineering ethics, and more.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is to be the next president of the UK Royal Society, according to Nature News.

A dog shelter is using DNA testing to spur adoptions.

Few Extra in Funding

The newly announced UK budget includes a little bit more for science, ScienceInsider reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genetic analysis of the British population, and more.

Doors to Stay Open

More than two dozen Australian research facilities that were facing closure have been funded, Nature News reports.

The increasing number of research papers being published is leading to a quick turnover of the literature, researchers say in a paper posted at ArXiv.

A new JAMA study finds that the benefit of decreased colorectal cancer risk by taking aspirin erodes in people with certain rare variants.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: software package for calling point mutations in tumor samples, new HLA typing method, and more.

A Staff Award

The US National Cancer Institute is planning a new award for staff scientists.

New Scientist examines the pros and cons of germline genome editing in light of a recent call for a moratorium on the procedure.

A research pair looks into the costs and benefits of grant writing.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: Pseudomonas aeruginosa essential genome, insulinoma sequencing, and more.

The PubPeer organizers tell Vox how their site aims to help fix the problems plaguing the scientific peer-review process.

Technology Review takes a look at Peter Thiel's approach to biotech investment.

New PNNL Head

Steven Ashby is to be the new director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: region linked to classic bladder exstrophy, microRNA profiles in depression, and more.

Researchers plan to sequence some 100,000 people of South Asian descent living in London, the Guardian reports.

Genetic testing company 23andMe is opening a new therapeutics group.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genomic determinants of response to immune checkpoint inhibitors, and more.

Slow to Report

A study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that only a small portion of clinical trials are reporting their data in a timely fashion, and poll.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.