The Wall Street Journal runs an article profiling multimillionaire and melanoma patient Jay Tenenbaum and the company he founded, CollabRx, to get patients involved in helping develop therapeutics faster and for less money than the process currently takes. The projects that CollabRx takes on are called "virtual biotechs," according to the story, "because they aim to replicate many of the steps typically taken as part of a pharmaceutical or biotech company's search for a new drug."

 

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.