Sourdough-ome

Sourdough starter, the basis of many a loaf of bread, is made up of water, flour, yeast, and bacteria, and researchers are delving into samples that people from around the world have sent in to see how various starters differ and what this could mean for other microbiomes, NPR reports.

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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.

MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.