The broad decline in first-quarter life-sciences venture capital investment seen in much of the US was more than mirrored in many of the world's busiest biotechnology and medical device clusters, which recorded even sharper year-to-year declines during the first three months of 2009, according to a study by Dow Jones VentureSource.

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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.