Since October 2004, Biacore International has been undergoing some dramatic changes in its operation. It started by laying off 80 of its 345 workers, 30 of them from the area of research and development, while implementing a plan to cut R&D costs by SEK 55 million ($7.5 million) a year. The company also announced plans to shut down its facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland by mid-2005.

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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.