The Scan

Beneath the Water

Environmental DNA sampling may be a new approach for determining species diversity of the seas.

A Say

Martin Richards argues in an op-ed that the public should have more of a say in how their big health data is used.

In Genome Research this week: genetic diversity of Candida albicansDrosophila melanogaster reference genome update, and more.

US President Barack Obama announced his budget proposal for FY 2016 yesterday.

The UK Parliament has voted to allow mitochondrial transfer.

A US Congressman has introduced a resolution to recognize Darwin Day.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: differential RNA sequencing to study quorum sensing in Vibrio cholerae, potential Parkinson's disease biomarkers, and more.

When It's Worth It

KCUR in Kansas City discusses the cost and benefits of exome sequencing of rare diseases.

Still Concerns

Researchers discuss the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act in an editorial.

The Foods You Eat

A consortium plans a large metagenomic study of the food supply system.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: real-time quantitative PCR assay for Schistosoma japonicum, microRNA patterns in urothelial cancer, and more.

Slowly Taking Form

US President Barack Obama is to announce further details regarding his precision medicine initiative.

A New Lure

By widening permanent resident status eligibility, China hopes to bring in more foreign researchers, ScienceInsider reports.

High Hopes

A Mayo Clinic physician says that a 'moonshot' initiative like the precision medicine program won't make most people healthier.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: crystal structure of the bacterial translocator protein, and more.

A 23andMe study of nearly 80,500 people links 35 SNPs to motion sickness.

Researchers examine the genetic population history of dogs in the Americas.

Another Approach

A new report questions the wisdom of relying on biofuels.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: convergent evolution in marine mammal genomes, ribose-seq, and more.

Researchers try to tackle the reproducibility problem, the Washington Post reports.

More to Lose

Researchers link a Klotho gene variant to increased brain volume and better cognitive function.

DNA Poo-Tracking

Based on fecal DNA analysis, researchers are able to get a glimpse into the habits of the shy okapi.

In Genome Biology this week: draft genome of a heterostylous plant, approach to find fusion genes from transcriptomic data, and more.

A new whole-genome sequencing study of families with multiple children with autism finds that siblings don't always share disease mutations.

The Rare Ones

The UK 100,000 genomes effort aims to get at the cause of rare diseases and more, the New Scientist says.


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.

Lauren Celano at Nature Jobs describes the differences between the resume and the CV.

A postdoc position is supposed to be a 'stepping stone,' Nature Jobs says.