A Cheaper Spin

A 17-year old New Jersey inventor has developed a small, cheap-to-make centrifuge that may be an enabling new tool for the do-it-yourself biology community, according to Nona Griffin, writing for Popular Science's Biohackers blog.

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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.

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.