NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Protein assay firm BioScale said this week that it is changing its name to ProterixBio and shifting its focus from instrument development to diagnostics.

The company is now developing a proteomic test for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which it plans to launch in early 2018 out of its under-development CLIA laboratory, President and CEO Grace Colon told GenomeWeb.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.