The European Commission is developing a new science advice system, dubbed the Science Advice Mechanism (SAM), ScienceInsider reports, that includes a seven-member panel of scientists who will advise policymakers. SAM, it adds, will also enable policymakers to draw on the expertise of Europe's national academies and societies.

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The Atlantic reports that genetic counselors are coping with an influx of patients seeking advice on their direct-to-consumer genetic test results.

A small study finds differences between three genomic prostate cancer tests, Medscape reports.

In Nature this week: shared genetic architecture for asthma and allergic diseases, and more.

A survey of Canadians finds them to be divided on genetically modified food, the Ottawa Citizen reports.