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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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.