Seattle-based start-up NanoString moved one step closer to commercializing its molecular bar-coding system with a recent $4.3 million cash infusion from venture capital investors.

The firm began operations earlier this year and is commercializing technology that came out of work done in the lab of Leroy Hood at the Institute of Systems Biology. Krassen Dimitrov, who was director of the microarray facility at ISB, invented the NanoString technology and now serves as chief scientific officer of the company.

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While gene therapies may have high price tags, they could be cheaper than the cost of managing disease, according to MIT's Technology Review.

Researchers are looking for markers that indicate which cancer patients may respond to immunotherapies, the Associated Press writes.

In Nature this week: paternal age associated with de novo mutations in children, and more.

Nature News writes that researchers are still wrangling over the role of the p-value.