South African National Blood Service

A nucleic acid test marketed by Novartis Diagnostics and manufactured by Gen-Probe to screen individual blood donations for HIV and hepatitis have significantly increased the safety of the South African blood supply, according to recently presented data.

Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.