Interest in text mining tools for biology has surged within the academic and business community over the past few years, and the field has now lured its first commercial bioinformatics player. Over the past year and a half, Lion Bioscience has conducted a research project to develop a technology to mine highly specific information from biological literature and documentation, with the extraction of protein-protein interaction data on nuclear receptors from Medline abstracts being one already realized example.

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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.