A series of speakers at the IBC international protein arrays conference in September highlighted problems in working with the human plasma proteome, including a decline in success in finding proteins suitable for clinical diagnostic tests, a lack of validation following identification of potential biomarkers, and high costs for developing immunoassays.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.