Microsoft Research has awarded Wei Wang, a bioinformaticist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of five New Faculty Fellowship Awards, a new program "that honors early-career university professors who demonstrate exceptional talent for novel research and thought leadership in their discipline," Microsoft said. Selected from a pool of 110 nominees representing universities across the United States, Wang and the other five inaugural fellows will each receive a $200,000 cash grant to pursue their research work in computer science.

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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.