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.

This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.