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The company hopes to develop saliva-based RNA assays for concussion, Parkinson's disease and autism using biomarkers discovered by its two academic partners.

Spit for Concussion

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: improved method for determining RNA structure, approach for detecting microRNAs digitally, and more.

The grants were made as part of the NSF's Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools — or EDGE — program.

The team's method utilizes two plasmids that produce DNA fragments from 50 to 1,000 bp, and are available through the nonprofit organization AddGene.

Researchers have developed a spit-based miRNA test to gauge concussion duration in children, NPR reports.

Penn State University has established a new program to train graduate students to apply data science to biomedical sciences, including genomics.

VISION aims to provide validated regulatory modules, quantitative models for gene regulation, and guides for translating research from mouse models to human.

By sequencing ancient and contemporary indigenous individuals from Canada's Pacific Coast, researchers uncovered clues to a post-colonization population bottleneck.

Researchers sequenced the genomes of both animals to learn how the two related species evolved to have two very different body shapes and physiologies.  

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Lawmakers have asked four direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies to explain their privacy policies and security measures, according to Stat News.

The Trump Administration has proposed a plan to reorganize the federal government, the Washington Post reports.

In Science this week: genetic overlap among many psychiatric disorders, and more.

The Economist writes that an increasing number of scientific journals don't do peer review.