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Given the high yield of miRNA markers they were able to isolate, the researchers believe the approach could be commercialized for routine cancer testing.

Nanomal, a European Union-funded public-private consortium developing a handheld device for rapid, point-of-care molecular diagnosis of malaria and drug resistance, said this week that the instrument is a year ahead of schedule and will be ready for field testing later this year.

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.