NEW YORK, Aug. 9 – SignalGene said it had identified a gene involved in helping to protect women against breast cancer.

The finding, which could lead to lucrative treatments, also lends support to the study of isolated populations as a way of identifying disease-related genes.

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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.