Researchers at the Whitehead Institute of MIT and Harvard have developed an in vitro assay for assessing a compound’s toxicity that may prove to be much cheaper than the erythroid in vivo micronucleus assay and the Ames test.
 
The assay, which the researchers believe may eventually be transitioned to human use, could enable researchers to determine toxicity much sooner in the drug-discovery process, which could make the process much more efficient.  
 

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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.