UK-based molecular diagnostics developer Lumora has partnered with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics to develop a rapid, high-throughput malaria diagnostic assay to screen patients in the developing world.

The partnership will combine Lumora's bioluminescent assay in real-time, or BART, technology and expertise with a malaria assay developed by FIND and Japan's Eiken Chemical that is based on loop-mediated isothermal amplification, or LAMP.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

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