As researchers have been running microarray experiments with smaller and smaller amounts of starting material, protocols for preparing and amplifying sufficient RNA have flourished.

Earlier this month, for example, NuGen Technologies launched a new RNA amplification and labeling kit, called Ovation Biotin System, which its says requires only five nanograms of RNA as starting material. Affymetrix, Ambion, Arcturus, and others also offer RNA amplification tools.

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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.