Protagen announced this week that it has tapped Scienion to produce protein microarrays that it will use to validate panels of biomarkers that may later be used in clinical tests for multiple sclerosis and prostate cancer.

The number of arrays manufactured as part of the deal will be "more than one thousand," according to Dortmund, Germany-based Protagen.

Additionally, both companies plan to "jointly evaluate new platforms" for multiplex analysis and to "co-develop novel approaches up to proof-of-concept levels" as part of their partnership.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.