NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Having recently kicked off a beta testing program for its miniaturized RNAi screening technology, startup Persomics is aiming for a full commercial launch of its first products before the end of the year.

In the meantime, the company is working to strike deals with the various life science firms that will provide the siRNA content for the plates that are the foundation of its technology, as well as providers of high-content imaging platforms interested in optimizing their systems for use with the plates, Persomics COO Mike Sjaastad told GenomeWeb this week.

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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.

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.

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