To help glioblastoma multiforme patients, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have taken an unusual approach to studying the role of microRNAs in this deadly brain cancer. By evaluating 534 miRNAs simultaneously — instead of one at a time as is typically done — the team confirmed 25 miRNAs previously associated with glioblastoma survival and found 20 miRNAs associated with breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and gastric adenocarcinoma tumor growth.

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Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

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