Peek into the Process

A series of articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week examines the US Food and Drug Administration's approval process.

One paper from a Yale University School of Medicine-based group looks at the evidence supporting FDA's decisions to approve nearly 190 drugs between 2005 and 2012. Joseph Ross, an assistant professor of medicine at Yale, and his colleagues report that the clinical trial evidence justifying each approval varies in quality.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.