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The blood-based test will use a 23-gene expression signature identified by researchers at VIB-KU Leuven and their collaborators.

The institutes will exchange investigators, form research collaborations in various areas of plant biotechnology, and start new companies together.

With the help of TCGA sequence data, researchers uncovered expression of a long, non-coding RNA called SAMMSON that appears to be specific to melanoma.

The new R9 pore, which the company has licensed from VIB in Belgium and plans to release for the MinIon and the PromethIon, is based on the E. coli CsgG nanopore.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Biocartis today said that it has exclusively licensed from life science research institute VIB a panel of microsatellite instability biomarkers for several cancers, including colorectal cancer, which it plans to use in developing a molecular diagnostic assay.

BITS, the bioinformatics training and service facility of Belgium's Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie, or VIB, will use Biogazelle's qbase+ software for PCR analysis, Biogazelle said this week.

Aiming to gain a foothold in Europe's emerging next-gen sequencing-based diagnostic market, Multiplicom of Belgium is offering multiplex PCR amplification kits for a range of inherited cancers and other genetic disorders.

Belgian protein biomarker firm Pronota has raised €3.7 million ($4.9 million) a Series C financing round that it will use to complete protein biomarker validation studies for its pre-eclampsia, ovarian cancer, sepsis, and cardio-renal programs.

The money will go toward the recruitment and training of new scientists in integrative biology, with an emphasis on 'omics.

The work offers insight into the great diversity of core cell cycle proteins in plants and could help scientists understand signaling systems essential to increasing agricultural yield, said one of the researchers.

Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.