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VolitionRx, Alcyomics Win $1M for Inflammatory Response Marker Project

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Belgian diagnostics developer VolitionRx and the UK-based preclinical drug safety testing firm Alcyomics will use a €779,493 ($1 million) grant to develop biomarkers for indicating inflammatory response, the companies said today.

Under the initiative, the partners will seek to identify novel epigenetic biomarkers for early inflammation and rejection responses linked to graft-versus host disease, which can cause complications in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

The two-year project is funded by Eureka, a 41-member European network that seeks to spur the growth of Europe-based technology companies, through its Eurostars Programme, which is focused on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises.

VolitionRx will develop new applications for its Nucleosomics biomarker technology and new biomarkers for immune response. It will receive €420,000 for its contribution to the project. The Nucleosomics technology is used to identify and measure nucleosomes in the bloodstream, which indicate that cancer is present.

The partners also will use Alcyomics' Skimune model, under which it offers a line of assays for testing and measuring immunogenicity, hypersensitivity, allerginicity, efficacy, and potency.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.