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Through unbiased and targeted metabolite testing on urine samples from thousands of individuals in the US and the UK, researchers have narrowed in on urine compounds that coincide with body mass index.

The firms will collaborate on metabolite profiling using ImaBiotech's Multimaging technology and iTeos' animal models and tissue libraries.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sciex has exclusive reseller and marketing rights to the XCMSplus software.

The partnership strengthens BioMark's capabilities in developing metabolomics-based cancer diagnostics, the firm said. 

Metabolon Raises $5M

The financing is an extension of a Series E round completed in early 2014 and brings the total amount in the round to $20 million.

The majority of the funding will be used to establish a cancer metabolomics research center on Technion's campus. 

The Irish firm said its test can differentiate pre-eclampsia from other maternal disorders. 

The award will establish a metabolomics research core to research rare metabolites and develop novel assays that could help diagnose associated diseases.

The instruments will be housed at the new Metabolomics Technology Demonstration Centre and will help firms translate biomarkers into clinical tests.

In PLOS this week: lipid metabolites linked to heart disease risk, transcriptomic conservation in fish, and more.

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The US Department of Justice has proposed a rule change to enable DNA to be collected from migrants, the Associated Press reports.

Bernard Fisher, a surgeon who changed how breast cancer is treated, has died at 101, the New York Times reports.

Washington Post columnist writes that she is skeptical about DNA-based diets.

In PNAS this week: recurrent inactivation of DEPDC5 in gastrointestinal stromal tumors, taxonomic reliability of GenBank sequences, and more.