NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – With uncertainty over future National Institutes of Health funding and concerns over austerity measures in Europe, investors have recently cooled on the stocks of genomics tools firms.

Following a strong January and modest gains for the remainder of the first quarter, the stocks of genomics tools firms and some molecular diagnostics companies have slumped over the past couple of months, though part of that can be attributed to bearish trends in the broader stock market.

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A bioethicist argues for the responsible use of germline gene editing.

Some breweries are using DNA-based testing to determine whether unwanted bacteria are affecting their beers, The Verge reports.

Standardized N-of-1 trials will be needed to test out personalized medicines, writes Nicholas Schork from the J. Craig Venter Institute at Nature.