The European Bioinformatics Institute has been awarded a five-year contract to run and lead the development of UK PubMed Central until 2016.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

EBI will partner with the University of Manchester and the British Library to build a digital repository that helps researchers "make the best possible use of the scientific literature by building deep content links between articles and the underlying data,” Johanna McEntyre, head of literature services at EMBL-EBI, said in a statement.

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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.