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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sialix said this week that it has raised an additional $2 million as part of its Series B round, bringing the total raised to $6 million.

Biognosys this week named Patrick Plewman as its new CEO, taking over from Oliver Rinner, who is now the company's chief scientific officer.

Alex Bateman is joining the European Bioinformatics Institute as head of protein sequence resources, replacing Rolf Apweiler.

Sialix this week appointed Norrie Russell president and CEO – a newly established full-time position at the company.

The company, which has licensed intellectual property related to use of the auto-antibodies from UCSD, aims to develop the diagnostics first as CLIA-based tests and ultimately in a microarray format available to physicians.

In PLOS this week: Mycobacterium abscessus linked to gastric conditions, placental gene expression changes associated with preterm birth, and more.

The Guardian reports that UK universities are looking into ways to reduce labs' reliance on single-use plastics.

People with certain gene variants tend to not like vegetables, particularly bitter ones, CNN reports.

MIT's Technology Review reports on a company's genetic test that gauges an embryo's susceptibility to certain diseases.