Mark this as a catch-all crash course in genomics for your non-scientist friends and family. In a special eight-part report on the human genome, The Economist details advances – and disappointments – in biomedical research since the completion of the Human Genome Project. From Venter’s synthetic genome to the sequencing of Neanderthal DNA, to personal genomics, drug discovery, and the build-up at the BGI, the author details nearly every major event in genomics post-HGP.

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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.