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Nanomal, a European Union-funded public-private consortium developing a handheld device for rapid, point-of-care molecular diagnosis of malaria and drug resistance, said this week that the instrument is a year ahead of schedule and will be ready for field testing later this year.

QuantumDx is heading a UK-based public-private partnership to develop a chip-based molecular profiling tool for diagnosing and staging cancer, and potentially guiding oncology treatments.

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Pfizer and UCL to develop stem-cell therapies for AMD; Clarient licenses breast cancer biomarkers from Indiana U; Nanosys and Harvard to outlicense nanowire IP; Luminex settles with SUNY and U of Illinois, and more …

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Life Technologies is looking to expand uses of its quantum dot technology beyond life sciences and into applied fields, such as counterfeit detection.

This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.