NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Phenomix Sciences — an early-stage spinout of the Mayo Clinic focused on personalized treatments for chronic diseases — announced today that it is launching a $1 million seed financing round through a crowdfunding platform.

The privately held firm said it intends to use the financing to commercialize a new clinical test for obesity. The diagnostic uses technology developed by the Mayo Clinic to analyze metabolomic and DNA biomarkers to characterize obesity and guide more effective weight loss treatments.

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The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.