NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Epic Sciences today announced it has completed its Series B financing round raising $13 million.

Proceeds will go toward expanding the San Diego-based firm's R&D operations and capabilities to commercialize its platform for the molecular characterization of circulating tumor cells in blood. The technology is licensed from Peter Kuhn's laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

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