A team of researchers in Germany said it has discovered genomic “abnormalities” in a modest percentage of patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

If accurate, the team’s findings may bring researchers one small step closer to devising a molecular-diagnostic test for the condition, also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

But relatively little interest in the disease from government funding agencies and a record of dire outcomes — ALS is almost always fatal — makes it a tough sell for drug or diagnostics makers.

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.