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Scientists at Orion Genomics and other labs, including Cold Spring Harbor, have used microarrays in a genome-wide screen to look for epigenetic biomarkers for early stage detection of breast cancer. In the study, published yesterday in PLoS ONE, they found about 200 loci that were differentially methylated, and then went on to validate these in 230 clinical samples.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

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