NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – While most investors' eyes are on the adoption of NanoString Technologies' ProSigna Breast Cancer Gene Signature Assay, the firm's business with researchers continues to thrive.

Instrument and consumables sales drove the Seattle-based company's second quarter revenues up 51 percent, with 80 percent of the company's new nCounter system placements related to oncology research and diagnostics, the firm reported last week.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.