The US Food and Drug Administration has identified bioinformatics as one of six broad topics that promise to speed drug development while lowering costs before the end of the decade, but it is still unclear how informatics vendors can best take advantage of this newfound stature in the eyes of the regulatory agency.

Last week, the FDA released its Critical Path Opportunities List — a catalog of 76 initial projects that it described in a statement as "a starting point in identifying priorities to be accomplished under the Critical Path Initiative."

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A new analysis examines the gender gap among paper authors in the sciences and says it may take decades or more to close.

Researchers have uncovered signals of selection that may enable the Bajau people to free five hundreds of feet deep, Reuters reports.

In Science this week: paternally inherited cis-regulatory structural variants in autism, and more.

A new report outlines issues facing the implementation of personalized medicine in the UK, the Independent reports.

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