freeze-dried PCR

The new investment will support an expanding contract business as well as in-house MDx development.

Biofortuna will design, develop, and manufacture a range of freeze-dried HLA-typing kits with the brand name SSPGo for Abbott's molecular diagnostics business.

The UK-based company said that its new product is the first-ever complete freeze-dried PCR kit, and can be transported and stored at ambient temperatures and used by relatively unskilled technicians, making it suitable for applications on a "global scale."

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also contributed to brain research, NPR reports.

The New York Times reports on the shifting interpretations of what some genetic variants mean over time.

In Cell this week: investigation of metastatic tumor evolution, more than 16,000 genetic variants introduced into the budding yeast model organism, and more.

MIT's Technology Review reports on Genentech's pursuit of personalized cancer vaccines.