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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researcher Joshua Mendell has been appointed to a six-year term as part of the inaugural class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientists.

Mendell, an assistant professor of pediatric/molecular biology and genetics, will receive $1.5 million over six years to support his research into the oncogene Myc and its role in microRNA dysregulation.

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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.