If the New York Times was looking to stir up debate, it couldn't have done better than printing this op-ed piece from Paul Davies, director of a research center at Arizona State University. Davies makes the case that "both religion and science are founded on faith — namely, on belief in the existence of something outside the universe, like an unexplained God or an unexplained set of physical laws," according to the essay.

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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.

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