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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.

Using a self-similar chain-based device combined with Raman spectroscopy, they were able to detect the BRCA1 missense mutation M1775R at picomolar levels.

The Scottish firm's product pipeline includes an identification test for bacterial gastroenteritis and genes for Carbapenem resistance.

The British firm is launching its RenDx system and Fungiplex PCR-based assay for Candida and Aspergillus fungal infections.

JGI is interested in coupling the technique with microfluidics as an automated way of picking out metabolically active cells.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – MRC Technology today announced a collaboration with Renishaw Diagnostics to identify and develop clinical diagnostic tests for infectious diseases.

Verisante Technology this week announced several milestones in the development of its Raman spectroscopy-based cancer detection technology.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a new center at its facility in Tewksbury, Mass., it announced today.

The device, named the Verisante Aura, uses Raman spectroscopy to measure levels of various biomarkers – including proteins, nucleic acids, and metabolites – in skin lesions. In initial clinical trials it distinguished between benign and malignant lesions with 100-percent sensitivity and 70-percent specificity.

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The Guardian reports that some UK physicians are calling for increased regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

US tax agency says 23andMe's genetic health test can be claimed as a medical expense for tax purposes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

In PLOS this week: networks of genes co-expressed in depression, role of minichromosome maintenance genes in lung adenocarcinoma, and more.