With a handful of recently awarded grants, startup Circulomics is kicking off development of its technology as a tool for lower cost and more accessible multiplex analysis of disease-associated microRNAs, and is planning to launch its first kit, a 30-plex, semi-customizable cancer panel, in 2014.

The company announced this month that it had received two $400,000 Small Business Innovative Research awards from the National Institutes of Health to support the development of its Ligo-miR assay technology and PicoSep single-molecule analysis platform.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.