UK Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences advises separating research using animals containing human genetic, cellular, or tissue materials into tiers and creating a national advisory body.

Sir John Bell, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, blames "a cumbersome regulatory environment" in the UK for driving its medical research elsewhere in the world.

The report, entitled "Genome-wide association studies: understanding the genetics of common disease," is the result of an October 2008 forum hosted by the academy that drew representatives from academia and industry that discussed how to better design GWA studies and how to better translate their findings into clinical use.

CNN reports that researchers have tied a new variant to opioid addiction risk.

Organoids derived from patients' tumors may help determine what chemotherapy treatment patients would benefit from, according to New Scientist.

An initiative from GenomeAsia 100K hopes to increase the number of South Asians in genetic research, according to NBC News.

In Science this week: genomic analysis of ancient and modern horses indicates population turnover, and more.