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Less Concerned

Science writes that European funders are not as wary as US ones of foreign ties among researchers.

Maybe Screen for It

Biomarkers could some day be used to identify military personnel who might benefit from post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, Scientific American reports.

An analysis in JAMA Network Open examines regulatory approvals not based on randomized clinical trials.

In Genome Research this week: PeCanPIE platform for finding, annotating, and ranking pathogenic variants; commensal Escherichia coli analysis; and more.

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has announced the 2019 winners of its awards.

Up in the Air

Nature News reports that Congress needs to move quickly to pass spending bills before the fiscal year ends to fund science agencies.

Spelman College receives a grant to bolster its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, according to the Root.

In PNAS this week: spatial transcriptomic approach for quantifying RNA transcripts within subcellular compartments, proteomic study of dental samples from individuals who lived during Ireland's Great Famine, and more.

The Guardian writes that UK researchers are concerned that a no-deal Brexit would affect their ability to collaborate on cancer trials in the European Union.

NPR writes that three large-scale genetic research projects in the US represent different approaches to data sharing.

Janet Woodcock, the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the US Food and Drug Administration, says changes are needed for all benefit from biomedical advances.

In PLOS this week: deletion in NME5 linked to primary ciliary dyskinesia in Alaskan Malamutes, study of rabies virus movement in Ontario, and more.

An environmental DNA analysis of Loch Ness uncovered more eel DNA than expected, the Guardian reports.

Just Like The Old Cat

Agence France-Presse reports that the Chinese firm Sinogene has successfully cloned a pet cat.

For a Breakthrough

Winners of this year's Breakthrough Prize in the life sciences include researchers who studied neurodegenerative disorders and protein folding.

In Science this week: sequencing study of 523 ancient individuals from South and Central Asia, and more.

In Nature this week: study of RNA polymerase that transcribes influenza, annotated chromosome-level reference genome assembly for the pea, and more.

Fox News reports that rapid DNA testing is being used to identify victims of the Santa Barbara boat fire.

Microbiome testing firm uBiome has filed for bankruptcy months after the FBI searched its offices as part of an investigation into its billing practices.

Health insurers in the US are devising new approaches to handle the high costs of gene therapies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Careful With That

Researchers warn that there are finite ancient samples for genetic analysis and argue that policies should be in place to ensure they are studied responsibly.

The Scientist reports on efforts to tease out what Neanderthal-derived alleles in modern humans do.

And His Role?

Vox writes that few questions have been asked abut former US Defense Secretary James Mattis' role on the Theranos board.

In Genome Biology this week: analysis of colorectal cancer progression, secretion system used by Vibrio cholerae, and more.

Scientists take measures to protect against the effects of Hurricane Dorian, ScienceInsider reports.


Nature survey reports that PhD students' experiences can be frustrating, but also satisfying.

A proposed rule would deem graduate students at private institutions to not be employees, which ScienceInsider reports might affect unionization efforts.

A new study finds that a positive lab environment can encourage undergraduates to continue to perform research.

A new analysis suggests non-US citizen STEM PhDs might pass up jobs at US-based startups due to visa concerns.