An international team led by investigators at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has sequenced the genome of a modern human Ust'-Ishim man who lived in Siberia some 45,000 years ago, at a time when Neanderthals still resided in Europe and Western Asia. The team calculated that there was intermingling between his human ancestors and Neanderthals that stretched back an estimated 7,000 to 13,000 years before the Ust'-Ishim individual was born.
Enigma Diagnostics and Beijing Leadman Biochemistry have formed a joint venture agreement aimed at bringing Enigma's point-of-care molecular diagnostic system to China. The deal covers the Enigma Mini Laboratory system, a fully automated MDx platform being targeted to both the clinical laboratory and point-of-care spaces, and as part of the agreement Enigma will license its technology and IP to the JV for the development of molecular assays and other products.
The University of Manchester was awarded £24 million ($38.5 million), including funding for omics-directed projects, from the UK government. It will use £13 million to create a Clinical Proteomics Centre, and it received £5 million to create the Manchester Single Cell Research Centre, where scientists will be able to characterize circulating tumor cells and specific stem cells that can help regenerate damaged tissues, such as muscle, joints, skin, and blood vessels.