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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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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

In Science this week: research regulation and reporting requirement reform, and more.

With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.