By Justin Petrone

Protagen this week said it will work with Biogen Idec to discover biomarkers related to relapsing or remitting multiple sclerosis.

Under the terms of the agreement, Protagen will use its UniArray protein-chip platform and expertise in autoantibody research to retrospectively analyze samples from a Biogen Idec clinical trial with the goal of identifying predictive and response biomarkers associated with MS therapies.

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Social media is changing how scientists discuss research, as tweets from University of Chicago's Yoav Gilad about a Mouse ENCODE paper have shown, Nature reports.

In Nature this week: factors affecting the success of whole-genome sequencing for routine clinical diagnosis, and more.

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The Lasker Foundation's Claire Pomeroy laments the state of NIH funding at Forbes.