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Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a microfluidics chip that captures rare cancer cells in numbers that are high enough to enable analysis for molecular markers, reports Technology Review's Emily Singer. The device could save patients the hassle and pain of tumor biopsies since a sufficient number of cells could be culled from the bloodstream, and doctors could pick better drugs for their patients by doing the molecular marker analysis, she adds.

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Politico reports that the NYPD DNA database has grown since it announced it would be removing profiles from it.

Forbes reports that a structural biology lab at Oxford University studying the coronavirus was hacked.

Science reports that a Dutch research funding agency is combating a ransomware attack.

In Science this week: set of 64 haplotype assemblies from 32 individuals, and more.