The US Senate has confirmed a new patent office director, the Verge reports. Michelle Lee is the new director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, a post the Verge notes has been vacant for more than two years.
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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.