A new mRNA-seq method developed by researchers at the Karolinksa Institute in Stockholm and the Ludwig Cancer Institute, called Smart-Seq, can be used to study single-cell transcriptomics. Working in collaboration with Illumina, the researchers used the method to analyze gene expression in circulating tumor cells, though the Karolinska's Rickard Sandberg says it could be used to study a number of rare cell types.

"This method [makes it] possible for basically anyone to do single-cell transcriptome studies," Sandberg says. "That's to say, both medical or biological questions."

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering using DNA tests to determine relatedness between adult and child migrants, the Daily Caller reports.

Bloomberg reports that Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics plans to offer a treatment it is developing under the "right to try" law for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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In a proof-of-concept study, researchers report being able to determine age from dried bloodstains, Discover's D-brief blog reports.

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