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Expression and copy number profiles from histologically normal duct tissue near tumors suggest a "field of cancerization" may exist in epithelial cells around cancer.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: disease network resource, database of epigenetic consequences of de novo mutations, and more.

The initiatives are being funded with C$24 million over two years and will focus on acute leukemia, immuno-oncology, and brain, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer.

Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto, the Mayo Clinic, Ohio State University, and University of Miami School of Medicine are among the early-access customers who have been using the product ahead of its commercial launch this week.

Thermo has expanded its collaboration with university partners, including George Mason's Lance Liotta and Emanuel Petricoin, to verify and validate protein biomarkers for cancer and other diseases.

The firm reported no revenues, but it managed to cut its net loss as it prepares to launch its LungExpress Dx product in the US later this year.

Med BioGene's CEO said the company is on track to launch its LungExpress assay in the second half of this year and will likely open a US office to support the test, which will initially be offered in a CLIA-compliant partner lab.

The expanded deal will provide Med Biogene with additional markers for its LungExpress Dx test.

This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.