By Doug Macron

Mirna Therapeutics this week announced that it has received a $5 million funding commitment from Texas through the state's Emerging Technology Fund, which the state government established to help companies develop new technologies.

The ETF award, $2.5 million of which Mirna has already received, "is a catalyst for advancing our microRNA mimic-discovery platform and a robust pipeline of promising drug candidates” Mirna President and CEO Paul Lammers said in a statement.

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Congress approved a bill Friday that would increase the US National Institutes of Health's funding by $2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

UK's Labour Party calls for a ban on non-invasive prenatal testing for determining sex, BBC News reports.

Sarah Lawrence College's Laura Hercher warns in a New York Times op-ed that more people are going to need help figuring out what their consumer genetic testing results mean.

In PLOS this week: intra-tumor heterogeneity patterns, genomic analysis of Thoroughbred horse origins, and more.