Instead of running Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty, PlayStation 3 consoles in Gaurav Khanna's hands at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth are put to work to model what happens when black holes collide, the New York Times reports.

By linking these consoles and their processing power together, Khanna has created his own supercomputer, using consoles that cost $250 to $300 retail.

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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.