This Week in Science

The Gonzo Scientist is back and John Bohannon leads a tour through gourmet food. He samples truffles from a market in Alba and from an Italian forest while wondering about the interplay of the senses of smell and taste as well as the influence of cost. He later gets his friends to partake in a wine and pâté taste-test -- with some of the wine samples being beer and one of the pâté samples was dog food.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.