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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A new study finds that a placental protein linked with preeclampsia can be targeted by RNA silencing, according to the New Scientist.

A settlement is expected in a Duke University lawsuit hinging on using falsified data to win grants, Retraction Watch and Science report.

In PNAS this week: approach for analyzing the expression of endogenous retroviruses, circular RNAs that influence host-virus interactions, and more.

A phylogenetic analysis finds that the rare hemimastigotes form their own supra-kingdom, CBC reports.