Driving across the rolling Allegheny Mountains as you make your way from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, the surprisingly dense, lush stretches of trees might make you wonder if such a rural state could be a hub of any kind. Pennsylvania, however, is not only a leader in biomedical sciences education, but has a thriving biotechnology industrial sector as well. Indeed, the former Quaker State has come a long way since its founding though a land grant to Englishman and Quaker William Penn in 1681.

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A new study in JAMA finds that genetic tests might not be able to determine what diet is right for someone seeking to lose weight.

A genome-wide association study that linked common genetic variants to salivary gland carcinoma risk has been retracted, according to Retraction Watch.

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