Proteomics firm Antigen Discovery said this week that it has received two Small Business Innovation Research awards totaling roughly $3.1 million for work on protein biomarkers for malaria and an integrated microfluidic point-of-care diagnostic device.

The malaria biomarker award is a three-year, Phase II SBIR grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease totaling $2.5 million. The microfluidic device award is a Phase I SBIR grant, also from the NIAID, totaling $600,000.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

Salmon with shorter telomeres survive to make the trip back to their river homes, New Scientist reports.

In PLOS this week: vaginal microbiome composition, population patterns of Chagas-carrying Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, and more.