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Improved nucleic acid quantitation from precious samples is a key driver for the concept of liquid biopsy. By quantifying miRNA from serum/plasma samples as well as biofluids, such as cerebral spinal fluid, key biomarkers can be detected without the need for invasive tissue-based biopsy. 

In this online seminar, Jo Vandesompele of the Center for Medical Genetics at Ghent University will discuss methods for improving the analysis of microRNA expression from a range of samples. 

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.