By Doug Macron

A team of researchers this week reported on the discovery of a microRNA expression pattern that, in a preliminary study, was able to identify ovarian cancer patients who would survive the disease with appropriate treatment.

According to one of the investigators, the findings suggest that the signature could not only be used to inform a patient of her likelihood of survival, but also point to miRNAs that could be used as an adjuvant to boost the efficacy of existing treatments.

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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.