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By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Swiss proteomics firm Biognosys has raised CHF2.7 million ($3 million) in a Series A round, it announced on Monday.

The project will involve several sequencing technologies, including Pacific Biosciences' PacBio RS.

By looking at microRNA profiles in two mouse models of obesity, researchers have identified a pair of closely related miRNAs that are involved in regulating glucose metabolism and insulin signaling.

Using a systems biology approach, researchers from Switzerland and the US have identified epistatic interactions involving mutations in two HIV-1 enzymes that can help predict the virus' ability to replicate in the presence or absence of more than a dozen drugs.

Using the strategy, which is under development as a biomarker discovery platform at ETH Zurich spin-off firm ProteoMedix, the researchers have identified four protein biomarkers tied to prostate cancer.

The European Bioinformatics Institute, Quretec, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich have all joined the consortium.

The study offers scientists a streamlined method for investigating the effects of miRNAs on protein expression and is "quite typical" of the kind of work the ISB and ETH Zurich's SRMAtlas will help facilitate, said Ruedi Aebersold, co-developer of the SRMAtlas.

The new workflow, which is being developed on AB Sciex's QTRAP 5500 instrument, could reduce the time needed to conduct metabolomics analyses by up to ten-fold, said one of the scientists.

The partnership will focus on developing quantitative, broad-coverage, high-throughput metabolomics for systems biology using AB Sciex's mass spec technology.

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The former commissioner of the FDA has returned to the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a special partner on the healthcare investment team.

Astronauts have edited yeast genes on the International Space Station in an experiment designed to show how cells repair themselves in space.

Emory University has found that two of its researchers failed to divulge they had received funds from China, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In Science this week: influence of the nuclear genome on human mitochondrial DNA, and more.