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The partners will use Hummingbird's miRNA database and expertise in sample preparation as well as BGI's BGISEQ sequencer and analysis pipeline to develop targeted miRNA IVD assays.

The partners plan to validate blood-based microRNAs as biomarkers for the early detection of pulmonary and neurodegenerative diseases.

The researchers were able to differentiate among patients with lung cancer, COPD, and health controls using the biomarkers.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Blood expression levels of a dozen microRNAs may help in distinguishing individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease from those who aren't, according to a study appearing online today in Genome Biology.

With up to €16 million ($20 million) in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, a consortium of 21 German research groups plans to generate 70 reference epigenome maps over the next five years using next-generation sequencing.

Agilent Technologies and Febit this week separately announced expansions to their sequence capture product lines, while Roche NimbleGen discussed plans to grow its seq-cap portfolio by year end.

The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Women who post YouTube science videos get more critical comments and more comments about their appearance than male video hosts, the New York Times reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes that participating in genetic research brings up the specter of past research ethics lapses for some African Americans.

In PLOS this week: sequences influencing yeast prion aggregation or degradation, dengue virus genetic variants affect transmission dynamics, and more.