Patents and Progress

Patent filings are at an all-time high, reports BusinessNewsDaily. In 2011, the most recent year for which there is data, about 250,000 patents were granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Business News Daily adds, drawing on a Brookings Institute study.

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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.