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The blood-based test, called Melaseq, measures 38 circulating microRNAs that regulate processes that melanoma cells undergo as they become malignant.

The company said the NIH funding will enable it to further validate the saliva-based test and prepare it for commercial launch later this year.

Priorities for Q3 include the continued buildup of a commercial launch for the company's BarreGEN test. The firm has started a second clinical validation study for the test.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: mutation linked to progressive ataxia in Charolais cattle, microRNA expression levels linked to colorectal cancer, and more.

The firm has collected evidence supporting the use of its PancraGen to providing the same molecular information for samples from biliary strictures and solid pancreatic lesions as it has done for years in pancreatic cyst fluid.

A 19-miRNA panel showed high sensitivity and specificity for differentiating benign and malignant thyroid nodules.

Cigna began covering the company's ThyGeNext next-generation sequencing-based test for thyroid cancer risk assessment in 2017.

By analyzing more than 100 testicular germ cell tumors, investigators characterized mutation, methylation, and other patterns in four histological subtypes of the disease.

Tufts University researchers found a role for miRNA in transmitting stress between generations, the Economist reports.

This Week in Science

In Science this week: gut microbiome influences liver cancer growth, spread; and more.

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23andMe and Airbnb have partnered to offer "heritage travel," according to Venture Beat.

China may include regulations protecting genes and embryos in its update of its civil code, Nature News reports.

In Nature this week: exome sequence analysis of individuals with type 2 diabetes, genomic prediction of maize yield across environments, and more.

NPR reports on efforts to engineer bacteriophages to destroy antibiotic-resistance bacteria.