The Michigan Technology and Research Institute and Wayne State University have partnered to commercialize three small molecule compounds developed by WSU researchers with the potential to treat an array of neurological conditions, the university said this week.

As part of their deal, MITRI and WSU have inked a letter of intent to form a company to ready for clinical trials the most advanced of the compounds, a small molecule triple-uptake inhibitor for treating depression, at which point they hope to attract a pharma partner for further development.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.