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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.

Gene editing could be an issue competitive sports need to address soon, four researchers from Arizona State University write at Slate.

A genetic alteration appears to increase heart failure risk among people of African descent, according to the Washington Post.

In his look back at the past decade, BuzzFeed News' Peter Aldhous writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing has led to "Facebook for genes."

In Nature this week: genetic "clock" that can predict the lifespans of vertebrates, new assembler called wtdbg2, and more.