NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Looking to expand beyond ion channel drug screening, Librede has begun work on developing its core artificial lipid bilayer technology for use in an automated nanopore-based platform for microRNA diagnostics.

With the support of a six-month, $224,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute, the company aims to develop a prototype system that can detect the small, non-coding RNAs cheaply and with off-the-shelf reagents, CEO Jason Poulos told GenomeWeb.

Once that work is complete, Librede aims to test its approach in clinical samples, he said.

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

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

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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