TS Picks: March 9, 2016

CRISPR-edited animals; reasons for retractions; biotech in Austin

Mar 9, 2016
Tracy Vence

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Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • With CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing, “chickens are just one of a menagerie of animals that could soon have their genomes reimagined,” Nature reported today (March 9). Already, scientists in China have used CRISPR on dogs and pigs. And a team in the U.S. has edited the genomes of malaria-parasite–carrying Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes using the technique. “The CRISPR zoo is expanding fast,” Nature noted.
     
  • In a preprint posted to ArXiV last month (February 29), researchers at Thomson Reuters report on their analysis of how retractions “influence the scholarly impact of retracted papers, authors, and institutions,” they wrote. Examining more than 1,600 retracted articles, the team found that misconduct accounted for half of the withdrawals studied. Twenty-four percent of the retractions studied were the result of accidental errors, the researchers reported. (Hat tip: Retraction Watch)
     
  • STAT News today (March 9) surveyed the nascent biotech industry in Austin, Texas, where the 30th annual South by Southwest festival kicks off this week. “For companies looking for a cheaper home base than San Francisco, San Diego, or Boston, Austin can make economic sense,” STAT noted.