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The figure comes from a report commissioned by proteomics firm Proteome Sciences, which, like a number of other protein biomarker firms including Quanterix, Rules-Based Medicine, and NextGen Sciences, has made AD a significant focus of its R&D and commercialization efforts.

Funded by the French innovation agency OSEO, the collaboration calls for the companies to develop a prototype blood-based protein biomarker test for Alzheimer's disease as well as a therapeutic for the disease and a companion diagnostic.

The merger will give Biosystems International access to MicroBioChips' nanoarray technology and its sales and marketing resources, which are expected to help the company establish new relationships with university-based proteomics laboratories and pharma and biotech firms.

The Paris-based firms earlier this year announced a partnership to develop monoclonal antibody microarrays that combine BSI's antibodies with MBC's microarray platform.

The firms will combine Biosystems International's monoclonal antibody proteomics process with MBC's microarray technology.

The company will be using the funds to develop and test a prototype of the diagnostic, which it hopes to bring to market sometime in 2011, said a company official.

The Paris-based protein biomarker firm will use the money to further develop and commercialize its early-stage lung cancer diagnostics test.

Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.