By Bernadette Toner

This article has been updated from a previous version to correct an error in the description of the effect of the EphB4 receptor in ovarian cancer patients. Survival in patients with tumors expressing the receptor decreased by two and a half years. It did not increase, as originally stated.

After several years in stealth mode, computational oncology firm Life Biosystems recently shared some initial results of its informatics-based approach to personalized medicine.

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In Nature this week: omic analysis of permafrost microbes, hookworm genome, and more.

Biologists turn to environmental DNA sampling to determine whether elusive or invasive species are shedding DNA in a given area.

Rob Knight writes at Scientific American that microbiome studies are about to break out of the laboratory.

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, has announced that he is stepping down after nearly five years.