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Advanced Cell Diagnostics Raises $5.4M

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Advanced Cell Diagnostics said Tuesday that it has raised $5.4 million in a Series A financing from Morningside Ventures.

The company plans to use the funding to develop diagnostic tests based on its RNAscope technology.

The RNAscope is a multiplex fluorescent and chromogenic in situ hybridization platform used to detect and quantify RNA biomarkers. ACD partners with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to validate biomarkers for targeted therapeutic development in cancer and other diseases.

"This second closing marks the achievement of our RNAscope technology development milestones, including in situ detection of single RNA molecules in blood and FFPE tissues, multiplex analysis, and full assay automation," ACD CEO, President, and Founder Yuling Luo said in a statement.

The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.