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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.

Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.