Catching Up

Safety rules lag behind the reality of biotech labs, says the New York Times. The current Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules were written with handling chemical materials in mind, not genetic, infectious, or even synthetic biological materials. The Times cites three recent cases of people in the lab falling ill due to their work: a Department of Agriculture scientist lapsed into a coma after being infected by the E.

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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.