NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new £90 million ($140.1 million) center for big data analysis and drug discovery at Oxford University was launched today.

Called the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery, the new center will comprise the Target Discovery Institute, which will be developed during phase one, and the Big Data Institute, to be developed during the second phase of the center.

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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.

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