By Doug Macron

A team of researchers this week reported on the discovery of a microRNA expression pattern that, in a preliminary study, was able to identify ovarian cancer patients who would survive the disease with appropriate treatment.

According to one of the investigators, the findings suggest that the signature could not only be used to inform a patient of her likelihood of survival, but also point to miRNAs that could be used as an adjuvant to boost the efficacy of existing treatments.

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Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.

Popular Mechanics reports that Caltech researchers have built a prototype nanobot using DNA.

The Sacramento Bee writes that direct-to-consumer genetic testing connected a woman to sperm donor-conceived half siblings.

In PLOS this week: gene expression catalog for sheep, viral diversity among respiratory samples from camels, and more.