Exiqon this week said it expects initial results from a Danish National Technology Foundation-funded effort to develop a microRNA-based blood diagnostic for colon cancer in the first quarter of 2010.

The disclosure came as part of the company’s announcement of its financial results for the first half of 2009, which included a roughly 32 percent rise in revenues and a 28 percent jump in net losses.

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The Washington Post reports on a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan to place rapid DNA analyzers at booking stations around the country.

In an editorial, officials from scientific societies in the US and China call for the international community to develop criteria and standards for human germline editing.

The US National Institutes of Health is to review studies that have received private support for conflicts of interest, according to the New York Times.

In Science this week: the PsychENCODE Consortium reports on the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders, and more.