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Benchfly's Alan Marnett wants to know who your favorite scientists are. The current state of chemical and biological research is directly related to all the work done by the researchers who have come and gone, he says. Of the 20 researchers that Marnett considers "the proverbial giants upon whose shoulders we now stand," he wants to know which ones modern researchers like the most — "a good old-fashioned popularity contest," he calls it.

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NPR reports that with medical data being big business, some companies want to get patients involved.

The Asbury Park Press reports on the startup Genomic Prediction's test to determine an embryo's risk of disease.

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