Personalized medicine is gaining ground in the clinic, but when it comes to cancer treatment, it has both advantages and disadvantages, says Scientific American guest blogger Karen Ventii. A personalized approach to cancer can result in better treatment for the patient and a reduced cost for care, but it can also increase cancer cells' potential to develop resistance to treatment.

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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.