Rosetta Genomics said this week that it has signed two new agreements to develop and validate microRNA-based diagnostics that use biomarkers obtained from body fluid samples.

The agreements are with Tel Hashomer Medical Research Infrastructure and Services and Carmel Medical Center, both of which are based in Israel. They will help Rosetta identify initial miRNA candidate biomarkers for cardiovascular indications, neurodegenerative diseases, women's health conditions, and the early detection of certain cancers, the company said.

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