CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – In May, Swiss precision medicine analytics company Saphetor released an update to its VarSome genomic annotation tool, featuring, for the first time, a search function.

"You can search for any term that appears anywhere on VarSome, including any publications linked to it," said Saphetor CEO Andreas Massouras. "It's a bit of the Google of genetics if you like. It connects everything to everything else."

However, Massouras was careful to say that VarSome's search is more targeted than Google's.

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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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With the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), genomes sequencing has been democratized over the last decades with the detection of genomic alterations, thus replacing Sanger sequencing.