Among the winners of this year's National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation awards are Francis Collins and Craig Venter for their work to sequence the human genome, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Other science medal winners include Rockefeller University's Elaine Fuchs and MIT's JoAnne Stubbe.

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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.

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

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.