Biomarkers crashed back to Earth this week as clinicians and regulatory specialists joined the usual crowd of academics and industry scientists for a sobering reality check at the IBC Biomarkers conference in Reston, Va. Speakers across the board warned of steep obstacles to bringing a validated, reproducible, effective, and FDA-approved proteomic biomarker test — diagnostic or otherwise — to the clinic, as they hashed out the nitty gritty details of sample collection and handling, statistical analysis, identification of spectrum peaks, and government regulations.

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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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