Caerus Molecular Diagnostics

The Mountain View, California-based startup is working on proof of concept for the method, which relies on the release of an activator from dNTP that switches on an enzyme.

Companies developing DNA sequencing and related technologies, as well as firms working on sequencing-based genetic tests, were among almost 3,000 small biotechs who received a total of $1 billion in grants and tax credits under the QTDP program.

Several grantees are affiliated with companies working on new commercial sequencing technologies, including GnuBio, Caerus Molecular Diagnostics, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Intelligent Bio-Systems, NobleGen Biosciences, and Halcyon Molecular.

 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.