By Doug Macron

Although diagnostics based on microRNAs obtained from tissue samples have begun to gain traction in the marketplace, many see even greater value in the possibility that the small, non-coding RNAs can be obtained from biofluids for such tests.

To help advance work in this area, the National Institutes of Health recently awarded nearly $500,000 in grant funding to three researchers exploring the use of blood-based miRNAs as cancer biomarkers.

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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.