The Scan

In Genome Research this week: multiplex genotyping of germline and somatic short tandem repeats, graph-based regularization, and more.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins appears before a House subcommittee to discuss his agency's budget request.

A panel at the New York Times discusses anonymity and privacy of users of 23andMe's services when access to its database is offered for research.

The US Supreme Court has declined to review a decision involving the use of "inadvertently shed" DNA in a police investigation and subsequent conviction.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: Akt3 amplification in glioma progression, Tibetan Plateau frog genome, and more.

Packs a Punch

The genome of the carnivorous bladderwort is smaller than many other plant genomes, but it still holds on to important genes.

A pair of researchers examines political leanings and views on genomics, finding more of a role for optimism and pessimism in people's views.

Things Not Found

With a new collection, PLOS highlights negative results it has published.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: new gene linked to ocular coloboma, new statistical model for interrogating gene expression networks, and more.

Joel Achenbach explores at National Geographic why people find science difficult to believe.

Ancient Wheat

Ancient DNA indicates Stone Age, hunter-gather inhabitants of Britain imported wheat.

Bit of an Increase

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences director says changes the agency made have allow it to boost success rates.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gene linked to expansion of the human neocortex, and more.

The UK Medical Research Council says the proposed path of a new train line could affect research at the Francis Crick Institute.

Its Own Version

Genotyping analysis of measles in Ontario indicates the strain there didn't originate from Disneyland or Europe.

This Week in Nature

In Nature this week: researchers classify pancreatic cancer into four subtypes using sequencing, and more.

An Antibiotics Prize?

The University of Pennsylvania's Ezekiel Emanuel suggests a prize-based system to encourage drugmakers to develop new antibiotics.

New Technique a 'Go'

The House of Lords in the UK approves a bill to allow mitochondrial donation.

MIT's Technology Review reports it's a good time to be a biotech.

In Genome Biology this week: miRNAs linked to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma outcomes, database of bird genomes, and more.

On the Face of It

Law enforcement agencies are beginning to turn to forensic DNA phenotyping to determine what their suspects might look like, the New York Times reports.

The FoldIt creators have a new citizen science game for synthetic biology, says Carolyn Graybeal at the Citizen Science Salon.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is launching a precision medicine-focused journal.

This Week in PNAS

In PNAS this week: microRNA catalogue, early mutational events in follicular lymphoma, and more.

Nature is to begin offering the option of double-blind peer review next month.


The US Department of Defense plans to begin collecting data so that it can determine whether women face discrimination when seeking grants from the agency.

Foundations that offer research grants often have requirements for submitting progress reports that need to be followed.

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.