NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Having spent the last seven years prepping its technology, proteomic diagnostics firm Plaxgen is now moving tests for Alzheimer's disease and atherosclerosis towards commercialization.

First in line is the company's Alzheimer's diagnostic, named Amyload, for which it is currently planning a validation study expected to begin in June 2015 and run through approximately January 2016, Plaxgen Founder and CEO Shanmugavel Madasamy told GenomeWeb.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.