regulatory science

Originally published Oct. 3.

"We need to improve our understanding of the safety and efficacy of pharmacotherapy as it applies to individual patients and patient subsets," the agency states in a report released this week.

Leaders from the two government bodies will partner to help FDA bring its regulations up to speed with technological and scientific advancements.

FDA has included personalized medicine among several research areas to which it plans to apply "the bulk" of its $25 million FY 2011 budget increase designated for regulatory science initiatives.

Parabon NanoLabs is partnering with law enforcement to use genetic genealogy approaches to solve cold cases, Buzzfeed News reports.

A Columbia University-led team used emergency contact information from medical records to create family trees and estimate disease heritability.

In Science this week: ancient Southeast Asian genomes provide insight on human migration, and more.

NPR says a new report recommends that former research chimpanzees should be moved to retirement sanctuaries unless that move would shorten their lives.