Blood levels of the microRNA miR-625-3p could serve as a predictive biomarker for the early diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma, according to research by a group from the Concord Hospital Asbestos Diseases Research Institute in Sydney, Australia.

The team reported its findings from a small discovery and validation study of miRNAs in blood plasma in a presentation at the third European Lung Cancer Conference last month. The researchers also plan to publish a fuller account of the study in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

Researchers generate a genetic database from skeletal remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition to the Arctic, Live Science reports.

Researchers in China have begun another trial using CRISPR/Cas9 approaches in cancer patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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