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Despite researchers' best efforts, Parkinson's disease remains incurable. While there are treatment options that mitigate some symptoms, assigning the right treatment approach can be hit or miss. To better predict the response of Parkinson's patients to therapy, the Cleveland Clinic has joined consumer genomics company 23andMe in its Parkinson's Community Research Project. Enrollment in the program will also allow the clinic's patients to take advantage of 23andMe's Personal Genome Service.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.