Radio New Zealand – A lobby group representing New Zealand's biotech industry fears further changes around the way genetically modified organisms are regulated could potentially force companies and scientists to shift overseas.
Nature World News – A NASA astronaut performed the first DNA sequencing in space. Astronaut Kate Rubins had successfully carried out the experiment on board the International Space Station this weekend, using a compact DNA sequencer.
The Florida Times-Union – The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood banks to start screening for Zika virus, a major expansion intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease.
DOTmed.com – In order for the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program to be successful, people have to participate in the nationwide research effort. According to a recent survey, they're willing to do that.
Boston University – As part of its BRAIN initiative, the National Science Foundation announced a second series of grants this week awarded to multidisciplinary teams to further explore cognitive and neural systems, including “data-intensive neuroscience and cognitive science.”
The Wall Street Journal – Doctors increasingly rely on genetic testing to help diagnose a patient’s illness or risk of getting a disease. Now a new study warns of the potential for the technology to lead to misdiagnosis.
Outsourcing-Pharma.com – Kent Lloyd, a professor at the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, and the Director of the Mouse Biology Program at the University of California, said that animal-based studies will be essential for precision medicine.