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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An Australian study of personalized medicine has run into problems as it recruits patients.

In Science this week: mtDNA analysis give glimpse into decline of Neanderthals in Europe, and more.

The University of Arizona's Raina Maier writes that an understanding of the Earth's microbiome is needed.

The proposed Canadian budget emphasizes partnerships with industry, Nature News reports.

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