Cellumen this week pocketed $8.7 million in a Series B round of venture capital financing to help it begin selling its cell-systems platform.
 
In addition, one of its investors said that he believes the company is more likely to merge with another shop or be acquired rather than go public, which is the more typical route for private companies paying off for their venture capital backers.
 

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

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