In an bid to tap a growing interest in using microRNAs as biomarkers of disease or tissue injury, Somagenics has developed a platform for detecting the small, non-coding RNAs in circulation.

Somagenics hopes the platform, called miR-Direct, will attract the attention of an industry partner interested in commercializing it. Meanwhile, the company is continuing to press ahead with its efforts in RNAi therapeutics with a focus on wound healing after pulling back on its hepatitis C program in the wake of advances made by other drugmakers.

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Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.