By Doug Macron

Having recently raised $4 million through a round of private financing and a grant from the National Institutes of Health, startup Firefly BioWorks this month formally unveiled its first product, the FirePlex custom assay for microRNA detection.

Meantime, the company is weighing its options to further develop the technology with an eye toward moving into the miRNA diagnostics space, company officials told Gene Silencing News this week.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.