Nascent biotechnology firm Solidus Biosciences is developing a cell-based assay chip that it says can perform rapid and inexpensive assessment of ADME/tox early on in the drug-development process, thereby eliminating unsuitable small-molecule candidates from further investigation.

The technology, which has been dubbed MetaChip, combines an array of sol-gel encapsulated cytochrome P450 metabolizing enzymes with a monolayer of cells on a micro-scale glass slide that can be read using any standard microarray scanner, fluorescent microscope, or combination thereof.

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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.