Floating Within

The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Dennis Lo is working on adapting cell-free DNA approaches to spot cancer, Technology Review's Antonio Regalado writes.

Lo developed non-invasive prenatal diagnostic testing for Down syndrome based on isolating fetal DNA circulating in a pregnant woman's blood, and he says it's similarly possible to uncover tumor DNA in a patient's blood.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.