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Axial Biotech plans to launch next year the ScoliScore AIS Prognostic Test, a DNA-based test that gauges the likelihood of progression of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
 
Approximately 7 million people in the US have scoliosis, a condition that causes abnormal curvature of the spine. Standard monitoring methods involve analyzing the curvature of the spine through x-rays over a period of years. If the curve continues to progress, treatments include spinal bracing or spinal fusion surgery.
 

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Vivek Murthy is no longer the surgeon general of the US, the Associated Press reports.

People around the globe took to the streets to support science — some with signs.

Parents who learn of their increased genetic risk of disease also contend with telling their children about theirs, the New York Times writes.

In PLOS this week: loci linked to body mass index measurements, long non-coding RNA expression and urothelial carcinoma prognosis, and more.