NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A new consortium has been launched in Europe with the goal of developing a handheld molecular diagnostic device to test for malaria.

The Nanomal project is led by researchers at St. George's, University College London and molecular diagnostics firm QuantuMDx and has been provided with funding of €5.2 million ($6.7 million) from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. Other participants in the consortium include the University of Tuebingen in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.