The Scan

This Week in Science

In Science this week: computer model uses genomic data to investigate RNA virus outbreaks, and more.

Cost of Targeted

Kaiser Health News reports on the high cost of targeted cancer therapies.

ETH Zurich has moved to dismiss a professor accused of bullying, according to ScienceInsider.

Stopped the Funds

An Australian minister stopped the funding of 11 humanities projects selected through peer review, raising concerns among academics, Nature News reports.

Work Together

Jennifer Raff writes at Forbes that some genomics scientists are engaging with under-represented communities for research.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic and other analyses suggest the plant used to make chocolate was domesticated earlier and in a different region than previously thought, and more.

Researchers have uncovered two key genes for deer antler formation, the New York Times reports.

BGI was fined after found in 2015 to be conducting a genetics study illegally, according to the Global Times.

An investigation found no evidence of bullying or gender discrimination, but did find management flaws at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Guardian reports.

In Genome Biology this week: comparative genomic study of endoderm differentiation, a single-cell sequencing method for small and messenger RNAs, and more.

What's Been Pulled

Retraction Watch has launched its database of about 18,000 retracted papers.

Microbial Boost?

Researchers are investigating whether swabbing newborns with their mothers' microbes will boost their own microbiome and prevent disease, according to NPR.

Othman Laraki, the CEO and co-founder of Color Genomics chats with Barron's Penta.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: whole genome and population genetic analysis of two aspen species, signatures of circulating hepatocellular carcinoma tumor DNA, and more.

Not the Whole Story

A genetic counselor-to-be warns in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that direct-to-consumer genetic tests only give a snapshot of genetic risk.

Researchers say changes under consideration could make it more difficult to share pathogen genetic data during an outbreak, Cosmos reports.

Statisticians are often asked by researchers to manipulate data, Bloomberg reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gene expression and genome structure in Epichloë festucae, statistical framework for quantifying cell population diversity, and more.

A genomic analysis uncovers six tiger subspecies, as the New York Times reports.

Science looks at the scientist-candidates still in the US House of Representatives race.

Nature Index reports that China is becoming more guarded about scientists involved in its Thousand Talents program as concerns about intellectual property theft rise in the US.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genome-wide chromatin accessibility profiles of The Cancer Genome Atlas tumors, and more.

Researchers demonstrate the potential of CRISPR gene editing to prevent disease among livestock, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

Tiny Effects

A study presented at ASHG uncovered variants linked to having same-sex sexual partners, Science News reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of Aspergillus, atlas of genetic associations in the UK Biobank, and more.


Researchers find that younger investigators fare better when seeking support through crowdfunding sites, Nature News reports.

Nature News reports that doing a postdoc might not help researchers find employment.

Pennsylvania State University's Kathleen Grogan says researchers need to approach data on gender and racial diversity in the sciences like they would any other dataset.

The National Science Foundation is adding questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to its Survey of Earned Doctorates, according to Science Careers.