The story of how life on Earth began may also be the story of how cancer develops, writes George Johnson in a column at the New York Times.

Some of the single cells floating in the primordial goo eventually came together to share resources and develop into multicellular organisms, he says. But some of these seemingly cooperative cells cheat and multiply on their own — turning into a tumor.

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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.