Affymetrix received US Patent No. 6,524,800, “Exploiting genomics in the search for new drugs.” The patent covers a system for studying the relationships among drugs and genes by monitoring changes in messenger RNA levels in treated cells with high-density oligonucleotide probe arrays for comparing the specificity of drugs and for detecting alternate targets for drug screening and development by monitoring the expression of genes affected by a drug or mutation.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.