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Just how long does it take for translational research to bear fruit in the form of an effective therapeutic? Orac cites research by John Ioannidis published recently in Science that found that the "translation lag" is about 25 years between the first description and earliest highly cited article. "What Dr. Ioannidis shows is that, in essence, a lot of 'translational' research takes close to two decades to bear fruit, and it's fairly uncommon for it to take less than a decade," he says at Respectful Insolence.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.