The blog world is abuzz about the latest findings that two research groups that have managed to transform skin cells into embryonic stem cells by adding a few genes. (In case you missed the news, you can check it out here.)

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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.