Saarland University

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.

A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.