The Scan

The Wellcome Trust has unveiled a new anti-bullying and harassment policy, according to Nature News.

Genetic tests may help psychiatrists choose which drugs to start their patients on, the Wall Street Journal reports.

A pair of British researchers has reconstructed the ancestral metazoan genome, the New York Times reports.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: resource to track Mendelian disease-related variants in dogs, microRNAs linked to atrial fibrillation in surgical patients, and more.

With All of Us set to launch this weekend, the NIH director has been making the media rounds.

Inder Verma had been on leave from PNAS since December after three female scientists at the Salk Institute filed a lawsuit claiming gender discrimination.

Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster may or may not be real, but research into their existence can still prove fruitful scientifically.

This Week In Science

In this week's Science, how the periwinkle produces vinblastine, and IDing P. falciparum genes.

The opening up of the All of Us research initiative should result in more genetic data from a more diverse population, addressing a longstanding issue with genomics research.

The CDC says that the number of people in the US who have been infected with diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, and flea bites have more than tripled in recent years.

Genetic testing is increasingly being used by bull breeders to fetch the highest prices for the best bulls.

This Week In Nature

In Nature this week: the whole-genome sequencing of the rose, and genetic risk for leprosy.

The New York Times reports that the White House is considering restriction the types of research Chinese citizens can take part in, sparking concerns.

Bailey the Superdog

An NBC Chicago reporter submitted his and his dog's DNA for testing with a number of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies.

To Get a Million

The US National Institutes of Health is to open up wider enrollment into its All of Us research program this Sunday.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: genome sequencing analysis of Egyptian bat, "chemistry-first" approach to find personalized lung cancer treatment targets, and more.

President Donald Trump offered former Microsoft CEO and philanthropist Bill Gates the presidential science advisor job, but he passed on it, Stat News reports.

The Genome Project–write leaders propose the development of virus-resistant cells, according to Science.


Reuters reports that the panel hearing the CRISPR gene editing patent case appears split.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: rare homozygous mutations affecting BRCA1, genomic features linked drought tolerance barley, and more.

The New York Times reports that new director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes more than other agency heads.

Down to One Person

Science speaks with Columbia University's Yaniv Erlich about using genetic genealogical data to identify people.

CRISPR Work Ahead

CBS News' 60 Minutes dives into CRISPR gene editing and how it could be used to treat disease.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: cancer predisposition among Cowden/Cowden-like and Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome patients, and more.

A familial match at a genetic genealogy site has led police to make an arrest in the decades-old Golden State Killer case, the Sacramento Bee reports.


The Nature Jobs blog reports that the University of Chicago is no longer requiring graduate school applicants to submit standardized test scores.

At Nature, the University of Alberta's Devang Mehta calls on PIs to engage in conversations about racism.

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calls for changing metrics to make STEM graduate school more student-centered, according to Science.

Two postdocs and a PhD hosted a panel discussion at Memorial Sloan Kettering on career advancement in science and what researchers can expect when they leave the lab.