US Bankruptcy Court

The plan, the company said in a motion filed last week, is not to keep its three remaining directors from abandoning ship during its Chapter 11 proceedings, but rather to reward them if they achieve specific performance goals "designed to maximize the value of [Vermillion's] estates for all constituents."

The company remains in business and continues work to get FDA approval for its ovarian tumor triage diagnostic. In its filing, the company said it had assets of about $7.2 million and liabilities of approximately $32 million as of Sept. 30, 2008.

The firm formerly called Ciphergen Biosystems filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week.

A genomic analysis of modern and ancient maize reveals a complicated domestication history, according to Reuters.

In PLOS this week: MYRF variant linked to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, analysis of the "dragon's blood" red resin produced by traditional medicine plants, and more.

CNBC reports that half of academic researchers leave after about five years.

Researchers have used genetic analysis to confirm a new type of salamander, the New York Times reports.