In this week's issue of The New Yorker, Peter Boyer examines Francis Collins: the political man, and Francis Collins: the devout Christian, paying particular attention to the NIH director's reactions to the recent federal ruling that has frozen federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Collins also expresses his disappointment over the recent news coverage of the tenth anniversary of the human genome.

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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.