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NYU, Rosetta Genomics to Co-develop miRNA-based Lung Cancer Test

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Rosetta Genomics and New York University Medical Center said today that they plan to co-develop diagnostic tests for lung and mesothelioma cancers.
The early-detection tests will use Rosetta's technology for extracting microRNA from blood.
The tests will identify patients at risk of lung cancer due to smoking as well as those who have been exposed to asbestos fibers.
"MicroRNAs have been shown to hold great potential as effective biomarkers for various cancers," said Harvey Pass, chief of NYU Medical Center's Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology divisions, in a statement. 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.