British diagnostics service firmLab21 said this week that it has signed a deal to collaborate with diagnostics developer IntegraGen to develop a microRNA-based assay for colorectal cancer.

According to Lab21, it will use its proprietary PCR technology to develop an assay that can detect hsa-miR-31-3p, which is believed to predict response to EGFR inhibitor therapy, such as Erbitux, in KRAS wild-type patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

The BabySeq project to study the risks and benefits of sequencing newborns is underway.