Affymetrix this week said that the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared its Gene Profiling Reagents as accessories to its GeneChip microarray instrument system for in vitro diagnostic use.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based life science tools vendor now claims to be the "first in the industry" to offer array-based tools for diagnostic test development, signature discovery for companion diagnostics, and translational initiatives.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.