New Choice for NSF

Subra Suresh is the White House's choice to succeed Arden Bement as the director of the National Science Foundation, reports ScienceInsider. Suresh is currently the dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studies nanomaterials, particularly their mechanical properties.

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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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