NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) ­– Qu Biologics, a Canadian firm developing a series of therapies for inflammatory bowel disease called site-specific immunomodulators, has discovered in a Phase 2 clinical trial that certain genetic traits predict a positive response in patients.

The firm is now working on a companion diagnostic test to tailor its follow-on trial and is seeking collaborators to develop an easy-to-use multiplex PCR-based diagnostic.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.