An investigational microarray test that measures miRNA expression patterns to detect the presence of cancer and distinguish between cancers has yielded promising preliminary data, according to CombiMatrix.

The company presented data at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference in San Francisco last week that showed that its so-called Comprehensive Cancer Array can detect "dramatically different" miRNA expression patterns in the blood of patients with Stage 1 to Stage 4 cancer compared to those who were cancer-free.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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