The European Patent Office has reinstated a patent covering Applied Biosystems' real-time PCR thermal cycler technology, a year and a half after it was revoked for alleged lack of novelty by the office's Opposition Division.

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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.