Investors at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference this week peppered executives from at least two companies, PerkinElmer and Agilent Technologies, about their respective corporate interest in molecular imaging, a technology that is just in the conceptual stage.

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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.