The advent of cancer-preventing vaccines is exciting to many clinicians who see it as a way to stop cancer before it even starts. At AACR, vaccinology consultant Mark Kane said many people are unaware that there are a lot of cancers that have the potential to be controlled with vaccines. New ones are being developed for cervical cancer and other diseases caused by the human papillomavirus.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.