While its primary focus remains on preparing its gene therapy for chronic heart failure for phase I testing, NanoCor Therapeutics is also aiming to advance an RNAi-based treatment for the condition.

Doing so, however, will require additional financing, and the company remains on the lookout for funding opportunities, NanoCor founder Sheila Mikhail told Gene Silencing News this week.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.

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