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In a recent interview with Forbes' Matthew Herper, Dendreon's retiring chief scientist, David Urdal, weighs in on the lack of new drugs in the past few years. When Herper asks him why the drug business is "in such a profound innovation drought," Urdal says the dynamics of drug innovation have changed from when he began to work in the biotech industry.

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People reports that researchers have uncovered genetic variants that lead people to always feel full.

The Oregon state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would make it easier for people convicted of crimes to initiate DNA testing of evidence, according to the Associated Press.

Florida state senators are to weigh a bill prohibiting life insurance companies from using genetic information in coverage decisions, according to Florida Politics.

In Genome Research this week: metagenomic sequencing assay that detects pathogens in cerebrospinal fluid, single-tube long fragment read approach, and more.