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Aperiomics launched its commercial sequencing and bioinformatics-based pathogen detection service at the annual meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology last week, with three offerings: Absolute-ID, Absolute-Discovery, and Absolute-Biome.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – George Washington University said today that it and collaborators have received up to $14.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop an approach to rapidly identify the mechanisms of biological and chemical threats.

Researchers aim to develop proteomic biomarkers for bile duct cancer resulting from infection by the parasite Opisthorchis viverrini.

Called laser ablation electrospray analysis, the technology allows for the direct analysis of tissues and cells, enabling the identification, localization, and quantification of proteins and metabolites with limited sample preparation, the company said.

LAESI can directly identify proteins, peptides, lipids, and metabolites in biological samples, including tissue, blood, urine, and single cells, Protea said.

George Washington University has established a new Institute for Neuroscience, whose initial goals include creation of a Biomarkers Discovery and Analysis Core, serving as a single base for multidisciplinary research on the human brain, and recruiting four faculty members.

Included are a method for analyzing glycoproteins; a method of direct protein identification using MALDI mass spectrometry; and protein biomarkers for cancer sensitivity.

Richard Rava joined Artemis Health, Joseph Blanchard was named CEO of Aushon Biosystems, Alan Carter was named VP of global development for Agendia, and more.

The bill would amend US Code to keep the federal government from imposing terms or conditions regarding licenses or rights based on certain federal funding conditions.

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The Guardian reports that some UK physicians are calling for increased regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

US tax agency says 23andMe's genetic health test can be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

In PLOS this week: networks of genes co-expressed in depression, role of minichromosome maintenance genes in lung adenocarcinoma, and more.