It is going to take a little while for life to get back to normal at the National Institutes of Health after the government shutdown, which lasted just over two weeks and ended nine days ago, particularly in its extramural affairs application and review activities.

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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.

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MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.