Writing in the British Journal of Cancer, a public-private team led by scientists from the Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan reports on a system it developed to detect circulating tumor cells "that completely excludes nonspecific signals." The team applied its system to samples from 53 patients with gynecological cancers, detecting circulating tumor cells in 21 of them. It did not detect such cells in healthy controls.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.