NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BG Medicine said in a document filed yesterday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it has laid off 12 of its 22 employees, or roughly 55 percent of its workforce.

The company said it took this step "in order to reduce its operating expenses and extend its cash runway in anticipation of the commercial launch of automated versions of [its] galectin-3 test," which it plans to launch in the US in 2015.

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Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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