The Scan

To Make a Genome

The Genome Project-Write researchers are meeting again, but ScienceInsider notes that the effort is lacking funds.

Researchers find that about a third of genetic tests are ordered when they should not be, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: new green algae genome assembly, Arabidopsis thaliana population history, and more.

Nature News reports that French researchers are encouraged by the election of Emmanuel Macron.

A genetic test led a North Carolina woman to undergo extra screening and discover early breast cancer, the News and Observer reports.

Popular Science looks into corgi genetics and why corgi mixes look they way they do.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: RNA-directed DNA methylation in Arabidopsis, TLR5 variants linked to melioidosis survival, and more.

Pre-Existing Genes

Wired writes that new the US healthcare bill could led people to be denied insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions written in their genes.

Patterns in the Data

Companies are combining genomics and machine learning to develop new drugs, Technology Review reports.

New Scientist wonders whether Verily's Baseline Project will be able to meet its aim of developing a picture of a healthy person.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: genomic analysis of Bantu-speaking peoples, and more.

Oversight Uncovered

Spectrum News reports that a group has uncovered a statistical flaw in a recent paper linking new genes to autism or developmental delay.

Researchers and companies are moving away from cells for their bioengineering projects, according to the Economist.

Researchers have developed a spit-based miRNA test to gauge concussion duration in children, NPR reports.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of melanoma subtypes, golden orb-weaver genome, and more.

NIH Director Francis Collins tells Yahoo! News that Congress' decision to give the agency additional funding was "reassuring."

From Neuron to Neuron

Researchers describe an effort to examine somatic mosaicism in neurons and if that contributes to disease risk, Scientific American writes.

This Week in Cell

In Cell this week: host-microbe interactions and cancer drug response; links between transcription rate, mRNA translation, and methylation; and more.

Just Talk?

Bloomberg Gadfly's Max Nisen says to not take threats by the Trump Administration to cut NIH funding at face value.

John Littlefield Dies

John Littlefield, a pediatrician and geneticist, has died, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Keep on Moving

Researchers find that physical activity can attenuate the effect of genetic obesity risk, as ABC News reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: genetic feature of ALL relapse in Down syndrome patients, Plasmodium falciparum parasite strain structure, and more.

What You Mean Is…?

The UN climate chief asks researchers to speak more plainly, Agence France-Presse reports.

UKRI Bill Passed

UK passes legislation changing how scientific research is funded, Nature News reports.

US lawmakers hammer out a budget deal for this fiscal year that includes a boost for the National Institutes of Health budget.


Gladys Kong writes at Fortune that her STEM background has helped her as a CEO.

Social scientists report that the image of the 'lone scientist' might be deterring US students from STEM careers.

Postdocs supported by external funding are less likely to have access to paid parental leave, Nature News reports.

The US National Institutes of Health's new plan will bolster support for early- and mid-career investigators.