Ramen spectroscopy

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.

ICAP Ocean Tomo has conducted due diligence to rate the strength of the patents and is marketing the portfolio to various healthcare and other companies that might be interested in commercializing the technology, which can be used to monitor a patient's blood glucose or substances in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid.

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.