This Week in PLoS

In a PLoS One paper published this week, Stanford University School of Medicine's Atul Butte and his colleagues show that "non-synonymous and synonymous coding SNPs show similar likelihood and effect size of human disease association." By surveying more than 20,000 disease-SNP associations from 2,113 GWAS papers, Butte et al.

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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.