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The La Jolla, California-based firm plans to use the funds to accelerate research partnerships around its LunaDNA genomic data sharing platform.

After giving up on the cryptocurrency idea, LunaDNA looks to "invert the research equation" by letting patients control and sell their genomic and health information.

LunaDNA parent company LunaPBS will combine its technology platform with Genetic Alliance's PEER system to advance patient-centric research.

The move signals a shift from the startup's original strategy of creating a cryptocurrency to compensate donors of genomic and clinical data.

Luna DNA, which offers a cryptocurrency to reward people for sharing biological and medical data with researchers, has raised $4 million to date.

The newly launched LunaDNA hopes that its community model of compensating individuals for contributing genomic and health information will lead to better research.

LunaDNA is a startup genomic and medical research firm that has created a blockchain-based cryptocurrency to reward people for contributing DNA data.

Retraction Watch reports that a paper was pulled because it refers to a gene that doesn't exist in mice.

Researchers were able to generate fertilized northern white rhinoceros eggs, according to Mashable.

Former Orig3n employees raise concerns about its testing at Bloomberg Businessweek.

In PLOS this week: microRNA expression changes in hepatocellular carcinoma, real-time PCR-based approach for diagnosing schistosomiasis, and more.