Joshua Lederberg, who won the Nobel Prize in 1958, died last Saturday from pneumonia. While in graduate school, he discovered that bacteria could reproduce sexually and he named the rings of DNA that E.

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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.