NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Toronto-based ChipCare is developing a microfluidic diagnostic platform that works similarly to a flow cytometer, but will be made available at a fraction of the cost and size.

The firm, a 2009 spinout from the University of Toronto, expects to make available a rugged, hand held system at the point of patient care, and expects to have a CE-marked HIV-related diagnostic test on the market in Africa around the end of 2017.

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NPR reports that researchers in Italy are testing a gene drive aimed at controlling mosquito populations.

Researchers may experience the effects of the government shutdown for a while, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A new study finds that the majority of patients at a Tijuana clinic received a diagnosis after first-line genome sequencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In Genome Biology this week: post-transcriptional modification-based stratification of glioblastoma, single-cell analysis of gene expression and methylation in human iPSCs, and more.