Does the crowdfunding model offer researchers a new way to cobble together enough funding to fuel their scientific efforts, Pieter Droppert asks in XConomy.

Droppert, a management consultant and editor of the Biotech Strategy Blog, takes a look at one company, called Microryza, which uses a Kickstarter-like model to help investigators hit up the public for the cash to fuel specific projects.

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Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

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