The Scan

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: signs of positive selection at autism-linked variants, gut microbiome difference between active and sedentary women, and more.

Price Confirmed

The US Senate confirms Representative Tom Price as health secretary in a late-night vote, the New York Times reports.

'More than the Sum'

Mark Walport, who is to lead the new UK Research and Innovation organization, tells Nature News that it won't be a monolithic organization.

Confused and Worried

Vox reports that recent policy shifts have led to confusion and uncertainty at the US Food and Drug Administration.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: effects of gene duplications, and more.

The Los Angeles Times writes that researchers are becoming more involved in politics.

'Repeated Violations'

A federal inspection report obtained by the Wall Street Journal describes deficiencies at Theranos' Arizona lab.

A South Carolina TV station employee gets differing results from direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: quinoa reference genome described, and more.

Biotech executives argue in a letter at Nature Biotechnology that banning immigrants from the US will harm the country's biopharma industry.

The UK's Telegraph writes that gene editing is changing the drug discovery process.

Speak Up or Not?

New York University's Ivan Oransky and Johns Hopkins University's Adam Marcus discuss science and activism at the Conversation.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: essential genes in AML, indel hotspots affect certain genes in cancer, and more.

Just Won't Come

Some researchers plan to boycott scientific meetings in the US due to the immigration ban, ScienceInsider reports.

The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that a genetic test to gauge opioid abuse risk might not work.

A new initiative aims to educate nurses in genomics, Nursing Times reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: comparison of variants in induced pluripotent stem cells, fibroblast cultures; DNA repair in E. coli; and more.

A blog post at the Guardian says that epigenetics is coming soon to forensics.

Know What's Coming

A test to diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is faster and spurring other protein-folding tests, NPR says.

Cave Sweet Cave

Environmental DNA sampling uncovers caves where rare blind cave salamanders live, New Scientist reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gut microbial communities of Kenyan children, transcriptional patterns in model of visceral leishmaniasis infection, and more.

The Texas Board of Education has voted to alter its standards on teaching evolution, the Associated Press reports.

Discover's D-brief blog ponders the future of the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

The effectiveness of gene drives will likely be dampened by evolution, Nature News reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: study of rice genes and fungal disease resistance, and more.


A survey of UK academics found that women tended to have higher teaching loads than men, according to Nature News.

A study appearing in PNAS finds that the mean age of the US scientific workforce is increasing.

At Science Careers, Princeton University's Julian West advises new researchers to read widely.

At Science Careers, a researcher describes how her rejuvenated postdoc science policy committee is promoting science.