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In his State of the Union address last night, US President Barack Obama urged Congress to "undo the damage done by last year's cuts to basic research." He noted that federally funded research provided the underpinnings to things like Google and smartphones, and that in the future, new products like vaccines to head off drug-resistance bacteria or new materials could be developed.

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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.