This Week in Cell

A Harvard University and Broad Institute-led team tapped genome sequence data generated through the 1000 Genomes Project in its search for variants involved in recent human adaptations. As they write in Cell, the researchers used a genome-wide version of their "composite of multiple signals," or CMS method to help find regions of the genome suspected of being subject to selection. From there, they fine mapped more than 400 candidate regions, uncovering potential causal SNPs in recent human adaptation.

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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.