PubGene, based in Norway, is counting on the first-mover advantage theory to hold true in the biological text-mining market. Since company founders Eivind Hovig and Tor-Kristian Jenssen first cre ated an automated MedLine search method to build a database of gene interactions in 2001 [BioInform 05-14-01], a number of players have jumped in to meet the growing demand for better methods of extracting information from the biomedical literature.

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.