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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Adding its name to a growing list, Chinese firm SeekIn is eyeing a new funding round to support clinical validation and commercialization of a DNA-based blood test for early cancer detection.

Similar to US firms Grail and Freenome, SeekIn is using machine learning to train classifiers that can pick up signals in circulating cell-free DNA (and potentially from other molecular information in the blood) that represent the faint signs of an unknown tumor in the body.

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Researchers have sequenced the genome of the depth-dwelling giant squid.

Prosecutors have charged a former Drexel University professor with theft for allegedly spending federal grant money on adult entertainment and other unrelated expenses, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Chris Collins, a former US representative, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison in an insider trading case involving an Australian biotechnology firm, the New York Times reports.

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