The X Prize Foundation wants to entice scientists to start making medical diagnostics really small and portable. Last week it announced the 10 finalists for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize challenge, all of whom are trying to devise a mobile consumer device that can diagnose 16 medical conditions and monitor five vital signs.

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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.