NEW YORK, Nov. 2 — They're not just good for your heart. 

An international consortium is being formed with the goal of sequencing the genome of the common bean in order to better understand the genetic bases of drought resistance and nitrogen exchange, and ultimately to improve crop yields.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.