By Doug Macron

Asuragen and its subsidiary Mirna Therapeutics this month received nearly $600,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to fund their respective efforts to develop microRNA-based diagnostics and drugs.

The first grant was awarded to Asuragen researcher Elizabeth Mambo to support her work identifying biomarkers for determining a patient's risk of colon cancer recurrence.

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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

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Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.