NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Molecular diagnostics developer VitaPath Genetics has raised $6 million in a private equity financing that was led by MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures and included an investment from X/Seed Capital.

The company is developing a genetic test for spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the spine and which can be avoided with high doses of folic acid therapy.

The company plans to use the Series A financing to complete the validation of this first assay and to prepare for its commercial launch.

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In Nature this week: mouse genome functional analysis, more sensitive chromatin immunoprecipitation, and more.

The Center for Data Innovation and HealthITNow argue for re-building of genomic research infrastructure.

A Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to require articles resulting from federally funded projects to be made publicly available, according to ScienceInsider.

The US is heading toward another budget showdown, Nature News says.