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Researchers at Nanjing University have found miRNA signatures in blood serum, says an article in Tech Review. In work published in Cell Research, they sequenced miRNA in the blood of people with lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and diabetes and found specific expression patterns. "Whatever the reason, microRNAs are stable in the serum and are resistant to ribonuclease digestion," says lead author Chen-Yu Zhang.

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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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