By studying the genetic underpinnings of adverse drug reactions, the US Food and Drug Administration is hoping to avoid recalling drugs based on their negative impact on a few and depriving the greater population of beneficial treatment.

In late September, the FDA and a collection of industry and academic partners kicked off the Serious Adverse Events Consortium, a collaborative effort that hopes to identify genetic markers that might be used to identify patients at high risk for adverse reactions to particular drugs.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.