For the first time in their 14 month-old research partnership, Novartis has accepted six of GeneProt’s synthetic proteins for further drug development, the two companies said December 20.

The six proteins Novartis selected represent about half of the number of proteins GeneProt has presented to Novartis, said Cédric Loiret-Bernal, CEO of GeneProt. “We have more proteins but only six have been accepted,” he said.

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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.