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Predicting toxic drug effects in humans would go a long way toward helping doctors choose better courses of treatment for their patients and helping drug companies create better drugs, says In the Pipeline's Derek Lowe. DARPA is now soliciting proposals for the creation of a "toxicology chip," the idea being to "grow a variety of human cell lines in small, three-dimensional cultures, all on the same chip or platform, and test drug candidates across them," Lowe says.

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Reuters reports that Germany is seeking to sequence 5 percent of patient samples that test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

23andMe and Medscape say primary care physicians are increasingly more comfortable with discussing direct-to-consumer genetic testing results.

The publisher of the Science family of journals will allow some authors to place peer-reviewed versions of their papers into publicly accessible repositories.

In Science this week: analysis of genome-wide association studies of chronic kidney disease, and more.