NanoString Technologies sees its recently launched nCounter Elements general purpose reagents as the "single most important launch" of its life science business in years, and believes that the availability of the new product will encourage adoption of NanoString's technology in the laboratory-developed testing market, according to the firm's CEO.

Brad Gray also told investors on an earnings call last week that the Seattle-based company is making progress toward launching its Prosigna Breast Cancer Test in the US by early 2014.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.

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