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The Scan

Oh, Turn It Off

Researchers uncover anti-CRISPR proteins that could help genetic engineering to be safer.

Researchers try to increase numbers of minorities in cancer immunotherapy trials, the New York Times reports.

App for the Whole Lab

Some research labs are turning to group messaging apps to communicate, according to Nature News.

A New Phage or Two

Two high school students in Kentucky uncovered novel bacteriophages as part of a genomics class, the Kentucky New Era reports.

The Atlantic writes that white nationalists are interested in genetic ancestry testing.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: European ash tree genome sequencing, and more.

The Wall Street Journal says President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services traded medical company stock while supporting legislation affecting such firms.

Panel Conflicts

Critics point out conflicts among members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's biotechnology panel, according to the New York Times.

Variation Lost

A writer argues that gene editing might eliminate variants that are beneficial in some circumstances, the Telegraph reports.

In Genome Biology this week: 4C-seq to examine chromatin patterns in IBD, Iberian lynx demographic patterns, and more.

Genomic analysis of Shigella outbreak strains indicates increased virulence and antibiotic resistance.

Residents near Dartmouth College worry about pollution from a site where lab animals were disposed, the AP reports.

The Familial Mutation

Researchers are studying people with familial early-onset Alzheimer's disease to gain insight into the disease, NPR reports.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: link between gene flow restriction and insecticide resistance in malaria mosquitos, cotton leaf shape genetics, and more.

Gene Drives Ahead

The UN Convention on Biodiversity has rejected a moratorium on gene drives, Nature News says.

Changes in the microbiome can help researchers pinpoint time of death, Scientific American reports.

Down to the Deadline

ScienceInsider says a consortium of German institutions and the publisher Elsevier are still working out a deal for journal access.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: DiscovEHR-fueled studies find actionable variants, and more.

Maybe Next Time

Robert Cook-Deegan and Subhashini Chandrasekharan discuss genetic testing patents in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Danish researchers link the expression of three genes to being obese, but metabolically healthy, the Guardian reports.

For New Skin

Technology Review writes that gene therapy might be able to help people with epidermolysis bullosa.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: DNA methylation patters can uncover people at increased risk of diabetes, and more.

Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to run the White House budget office, has wondered whether government-funded research is necessary, Vox reports.

At US News and World Report, Peter Hulick encourages people to ask their family members about their medical history this holiday season.

Not Reporting Harms

The Cancer Letter reports that the FDA has found that many institutions don't report injuries or deaths caused by medical devices in a timely manner.


At Science Careers, Princeton University's Julian West advises new researchers to read widely.

At Science Careers, a researcher describes how her rejuvenated postdoc science policy committee is promoting science.

Bitesize Bio's Gail Seigel offers some tips on running a low-budget lab.

The GRE isn't a good predictor of graduate school performance or productivity, according to two PLOS One studies.