Pharmaceutical companies are starting to design clinical trials for cancer treatments using data on cancer genetics to pinpoint which patients are more likely to respond to each drug, according to MIT's Technology Review. Emily Singer writes that doctors are hoping to be able to treat patients with specific drugs according to the genetic profile of their illness, and which mutations are affecting their individual tumors.

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John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

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In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.