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The Scan

Stat News notes that, this year, female presenters at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference will actually outnumber those named Michael.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: links between placental transcriptome and weight; colorectal cancer-related microRNAs; and more.

Advisor Is In

Kelvin Droegemeier has been confirmed by the Senate as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Stat News reports.

University of Illinois researchers describe a way to make photosynthesis more productive, NPR reports.

A Washington University in St. Louis researcher has resigned after admitting research misconduct, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: metagenomic nanopore sequencing of Lassa fever outbreak, and more.

An Associated Press poll finds that most US adults think it would be fine to use gene editing to prevent an incurable or fatal disease.

Peter Meldrum Dies

Co-founder and former CEO of Myriad Genetics, Peter Meldrum, has died, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Sequencing has helped identify where an E. coli outbreak may have originated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: Yemen cholera epidemic bacteria sequenced, loci linked to osteoporosis, and more.

Molecular biologist Maryam Zaringhalam says researchers can make an impact by using their scientific expertise to influence public policy on health and safety.

In a new documentary, the 90-year-old scientist says nothing he's learned in the past several years has changed his views on the relationship between race and intelligence.

The New York Times reports that the controversial researcher is being held in an apartment in Shenzhen under guard by several unidentified men.

In Genome Research this week: genomic features of oral squamous cell carcinoma tumors accompanied by HPV infections, deconvoluting linked, short metagenomic reads, and more.

Watching CRISPR

The Los Angeles Times says CRISPR gene editing is a field to watch in the next year.

New Mice for the Job

Researchers have developed a new Alzheimer's disease mouse model with greater genetic diversity.

Researchers are developing blood tests to determine people's chronotypes, according to Scientific American.

Sink-Scrubbing Time

A sequencing-based analysis of sphingomonas infections at the National Institute of Health's Clinical Center traced them to patient sinks, Stat News reports.

A genetic analysis has uncovered what appears to be Converso ancestry among a large cohort of Latin American individuals, Forbes reports.

Search for Risk

A University College London team aims to examine genetic and other factors influencing eating disorder risk, according to the Guardian.

Closed, Again

The partial federal government shutdown in the US affects a number of science agencies, ScienceInsider reports.

Doing OK

The Guardian reports that biotech in the UK has been reaping investments despite the upcoming Brexit.

Back for More Testing

The Associated Press reports California governor Jerry Brown has ordered new DNA tests in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case.

In Genome Biology this week: catalog of curated human genes and transcripts; potential biomarkers for aging; and more.

Stat News reports that the University of California and publisher Elsevier are fighting over open-access journal payments.


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.

STEM professors' views on intelligence affect students' success, a new study finds.