The Scan

Ewen Callaway at Nature News discusses the difficulties of determining how often mutations appear in the human genome.

Privacy Questions

Edward Hockings and Lewis Coyne raise concerns in the Guardian regarding the UK's 100,000 Genomes Project and participant privacy.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genome editing warning, new susceptibility loci for breast cancer, and more.

The US National Science Foundation tries to address issues brought up by lawmakers.

Genetic study of familial hypercholesterolemia implicates link between type 2 diabetes risk and cholesterol transport.

First Findings

The 100,000 Genomes Project begins to uncover disease mutations.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: gene knockout screen of lung cancer, single-molecule imaging method, and more.

The president of Riken, Ryoji Noyori, is to step down by the end of the month.

In the New York Times Magazine, Carl Zimmer wades into the debate over junk or noncoding DNA.

Michelle Lee has been confirmed as the new director of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: ancient DNA analysis provides insight into transatlantic slave trade, microRNA expression changes in retinopathy, and more.

An analysis finds low levels of conflicts of interest among grant review panelists, but also low levels of reporting those conflicts.

The New York Times profiles Jeffrey Hammerbacher, who has moved from Bear Stearns and Facebook to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

All the Generations

With decreasing funding, researchers at different career stages are trying to cope.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: gut microbiome patterns linked with necrotizing enterocolitis, proteomic profile of Chikungunya-infected mosquitoes, and more.

A small portion of pregnant women who've undergone non-invasive prenatal testing have found out from the test that they have cancer.

Arsenic Adaptation

Researchers link a genetic variation to the ability to quickly process arsenic in people living in the Andes Mountains.

Seven Steps

The New York Stem Cell Foundation's Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering working group presents seven strategies to promote gender equality in the sciences.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene regulation changes linked to human brain evolution, and more.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Bits of Evidence

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Researchers report that paternally inherited genes are more likely to be expressed in mice.

To the Brink

A lack of funding may lead more than two dozen research facilities in Australia to shut down in three months.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

A study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports women are now preferentially chosen over men for tenure-track positions in STEM.

As researchers spend more time in postdoc positions, others look for ways to change the system.