The Scan

Shrink It Down

Portable DNA sequencers are being used in wider range of locations, the Economist reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: new view of human dispersal out of Africa, and more.

Plant Tolerance

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers examine the genetics of crassulacean acid metabolism to find genes involved in drought resistance, the Independent reports.

DARPA is funding some $100 million in gene drive research, according to the Guardian.

Losing Ground

An opinion piece appearing at the Hill says the US is not keeping its lead in research and engineering.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: NetSig statistic for analyzing cancer genomes, and more.

Retraction Watch reports that Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak has retracted a 2016 Nature Chemistry paper.

Still Talking It Out

German universities and the academic publisher Elsevier continue to negotiate over subscriptions and open access, Nature News reports.

The Associated Press reports that most of the people the Trump Administration has nominated to science-related posts do not have advanced degrees in science.

In Genome Research this week: regulatory variation in human induced pluripotent stem cells, sparse isoform sequencing, and more.

To "Stifle Science"

Lawsuits are being used to intimidate some scientists, writes one researcher at the New York Times.

DNA phenotyping leads to a confession in a Texas murder case, according to the Associated Press.

First Stages

Early trial of experimental gene-based Zika vaccine indicates it is tolerated and leads to an antibody response.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genome-editing approach, analysis of KRAS-mutant cancers modeled in genetically engineered mice, and more.

Bit of Science Glitz

The Breakthrough Foundation held its science award ceremony yesterday, the Guardian reports.

Graduate students and others object to the US House of Representatives tax bill treating tuition waivers as income.

Kits as Gifts

Wired reports that AncestryDNA sold 1.5 million genetic testing kits this Black Friday.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: de novo mutations in epileptic encephalopathy, sequencing analysis of aromatic rice, and more.

Oh, the Earlobe

Having free-hanging or attached earlobes might be the work of some 49 different genes, according to a new study.

Keep It Quality

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Extramural Research expands on its recent call for researchers to avoid publishing in problematic journals at Retraction Watch.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene drive supporters lay out principles for its responsible use, and more.

Reuters reports that UK researchers have tested a new approach to screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders.

The Few

Wired writes that despite the high interest in immunotherapies and CAR-T cell therapies, they will only help a small portion of cancer patients.

Nature says that prizes for studies with negative results or replication studies may signal a new appreciation for such work.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of malaria-carrying mosquitos reveals genetic diversity, and more.


At Nature, Johns Hopkins' Gundula Bosch describes her graduate program that aims to get doctoral students thinking about the big picture.

Patricia Fara writes about childcare funding, and women in science and science history at NPR.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences researchers have visualized the career paths of former postdocs.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds that half of women working in STEM have experienced gender discrimination at work.