Betting that informatics know-how and novel content will distinguish it from rivals in the microRNA array space, Asuragen launched its DiscovArray miRNA Expression Services, which use an Affymetrix-manufactured array to screen all validated miRNAs from the Sanger Center’s miRBase repository as well as 12,000 exploratory human miRNAs.

The company hopes that it can attract customers that would rather outsource miRNA expression profiling projects than buy a catalog array from firms like Exiqon and Agilent Technologies.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also contributed to brain research, NPR reports.

The New York Times reports on the shifting interpretations of what some genetic variants mean over time.

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.

MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.