Xceed Molecular

Under the terms of the deal, Holliston, Mass.-based Digilab will sell Axela's Ziplex system for gene and protein expression analysis and dotLab mX system for real-time immunoassays.

Axela to date has focused on providing protein analysis tools and services, and the addition of Xceed's Ziplex System for gene expression analysis will support its ambitions to speed the validation and clinical application of DNA, RNA, and protein biomarkers.

The deal combines Axela's multiplex protein biomarker testing capabilities and Xceed's Ziplex System for gene expression analysis, with a focus on multiplex diagnostic assays.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.