NEW YORK(GenomeWeb) – Israeli biotech firm MeMed announced this week that it has won a €3 million ($3.3 million) grant from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise program.

According to Founder and CEO Eran Eden, the company will use the funds to develop a point-of-care version of its proteomic test to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections and to support a clinical study investigating the test's usefulness in diagnosing elderly patients with lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs).

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.