We Heart Obama

President Obama could hardly have made himself more popular among scientists if he had repurposed the West Wing to launch a new genome center. Journalists and bloggers alike are praising not only Obama's decision to reverse restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, but also the pro-science sentiment that went with it.

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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.