By Justin Petrone

SynapDx has licensed technology from Children's Hospital Boston that will support its aim to develop blood-based tests for the early detection of autism spectrum disorders.

The Southborough, Mass.-based startup is using gene-expression arrays to distinguish children with autism from those with other kinds of developmental disorders, Theresa Tibble, senior director of clinical market development, told BioArray News this week.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Science this week: human DNA found in sediments from archeological sites lacking bones, and more.