Caught in the Circle

Circular non-coding RNA can bind and block microRNAs, affecting gene expression, according to two studies appearing in the online early version of Nature last week.

"There seems to be a whole new layer of gene regulation," Jørgen Kjems from Aarhus University in Denmark tells LiveScience.

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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.

MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.

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