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.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.