By Doug Macron

Though microRNAs hold great promise as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for a variety of complex diseases, their development for these applications outside of cancer remains years away, a Pfizer researcher said this week.

Indeed, cancer researchers have been a major force driving clinical applications of miRNAs, with at least four diagnostics based on the non-coding RNAs already commercialized.

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DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researchers says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

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