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ScienceInsider reports that Muntaser Ibrahim, a prominent Sudanese geneticist, has been detained after protesting the regime there.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: differential gene expression predictor, clonal evolution dynamics in colorectal cancer, and more.

23andMe is now offering a type 2 diabetes risk test, according to MIT's Technology Review.

The South China Morning Post reports that China is encouraging its private sector to increase its investment in basic research.

WHO Reorganizes a Bit

The World Health Organization has announced that it would be making some organizational changes, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: population genetics of region with high Burkitt lymphoma rates, analysis of Brazilian Chikungunya virus strains, and more.

"Larger Role"

NIH Director Francis Collins speaks with PBS NewsHour about sexual harassment in the sciences.

A Swig of Bacteria

NPR reports on companies' efforts to develop genetically modified bacteria to treat disease.

Momentum Slow Down?

The Washington Post reports that some health advocates worry that Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's departure from the US Food and Drug Administration will stall certain initiatives.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: global transcriptome analysis of inflammatory bowel disease, and more.

Beery Origins

Researchers have sequenced beer yeast strain in a bid to uncover their origins, Forbes reports.

LilBub, Sequenced

A famous Internet cat has had its genome sequenced to home in on two variants that may account for its appearance.

Not Getting the Funds

Congressional Republicans' criticism of NSF could come down in part to their constituents not being among those funded, a post at Vox's Mischiefs of Factions says.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: CRISPR-based method to determine specificity of adenine base editors, haploid induction for genome editing of commercial crops, and more.

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, has announced he will be stepping down from his post next month.

No Spit Needed

The Atlantic reports on a new satirical media company that's launched a parody of a direct-to-consumer genetic testing company.

Bar-Ilan University researchers find that sleeping could help fix DNA damage that accumulates during the day in neurons, according to the Guardian.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: somatic mtDNA mutation-based "genetic barcode" method, molecular mechanisms behind structural variants at 17p11.2, and more.

For the Future

Rolling Stone calls the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna one of the women who is shaping the future.

The New York Times reports that researchers are working on a forensic DNA test to tell identical twins apart.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: methanogen ancestry, within-host human cytomegalovirus genetic diversity, and more.

Call to Undo

An opinion piece appearing at Stat News calls the CMS decision to limit access to next-generation sequencing-based tests for hereditary cancers a "grievous error."

A Drug or What?

The FDA has yet to determine if fecal microbiome transplants should be treated like a drug or like a blood transfusion, the New York Times reports.

ScienceInsider reports that NIH's inquiries into potentially undisclosed ties to foreign governments could adversely affect international collaborations.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: potential cystic fibrosis modifiers, potential kidney cancer survival signature, and more.


Researchers who go persevere after an early funding setback end up with more highly cited papers later on, according to the Economist.

Nature News reports that female scientists setting up their first labs tend to have lower salaries and smaller staffs than their male peers.

A new analysis by Northwestern University researchers finds that female and male first-time PIs receive differing amounts of funding.

Some 43 percent of new mothers and 23 percent of new fathers leave full-time employment in STEM in the years after having a child, Science Careers says.