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    Theranos might be on life support

    Theranos might be on life support

    It probably comes as no surprise: Theranos, the blood testing technology company once worth billions, is struggling to survive. With no revenue, no money set aside to deal with legal expenses and a fraction of the funding it once had to work with, Theranos may not have long before it bleeds out entirely. Read More

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    CRISPR-Cas9 inventor Jennifer Doudna’s plans on moving forward, genetically modifying humans

    CRISPR-Cas9 inventor Jennifer Doudna’s plans on moving forward, genetically modifying humans

    The decision of who owned the rights to a hotly disputed CRISPR gene editing patent came down in favor of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard today so you’d think the mood would be sour at the University of California, Berkeley, the other contender in the case. But Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna tells TechCrunch this is a positive for her. “I’m actually delighted to know… Read More

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    AncestryDNA clustered 770,000 genomes to find your family’s American immigration story

    AncestryDNA clustered 770,000 genomes to find your family’s American immigration story

    Immigration into the U.S. is a hot political topic right now, but, unless you’re Native American, pretty much everyone here has a family history involving some sort of immigration story. Now AncestryDNA, a consumer genetics subsidiary of the genealogy research site Ancestry.com, wants to help you know more about your family’s immigration journey. To do so, the research… Read More

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    Brain science startup NeuroQore hopes its magnets will cure depression

    Brain science startup NeuroQore hopes its magnets will cure depression

    NeuroQore wants to shoot magnetic pulses into your brain to try to treat mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. Most doctors will give patients a number of drugs to treat these disorders, and up to two-thirds of patients won’t respond to their first drug. Another 10 to 30 percent of these same patients will never respond to drugs as treatment. But NeuroQore (not to be… Read More

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    The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub invests $50 million in its first 47 research initiatives

    The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub invests $50 million in its first 47 research initiatives

    The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a non-profit medical research organization started by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg (and not to be confused with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability corporation to advance human potential) today announced it would be doling out a total of $50 million to its first cohort of disease investigators. The Biohub brings together Bay Area… Read More

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    A new lawsuit alleges anti-aging startup Elysium Health hasn’t paid its sole supplier

    A new lawsuit alleges anti-aging startup Elysium Health hasn’t paid its sole supplier

    Chromadex, the sole supplier of anti-aging startup Elysium Health‘s two main product ingredients pterostilbene and Nicotinamide Riboside (NR), is suing the startup for failure to make payments on those ingredients and for breach of a trademark and royalties agreement. According to a document on Chromadex’s website, dated December 29, 2016, Elysium “made… Read More

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    Arizona plans to sue Theranos over faulty blood tests

    Arizona plans to sue Theranos over faulty blood tests

    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is soliciting outside legal counsel to pursue a consumer fraud lawsuit against the beleaguered blood testing startup Theranos, according to a document posted on the state’s procurement website. Brnovich has so far declined to comment on any action, but the document contends Theranos may have defrauded customers in the state and the office is… Read More

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    Women’s health startup Celmatix now offers genetic testing for fertility issues

    Women’s health startup Celmatix now offers genetic testing for fertility issues

    Celmatix, a startup with a focus on personalized medicine for women, wants to take some of the mystery out of the science of baby-making with a new type of DNA-based fertility test called Fertilome. Fertilome looks at 49 variants in 32 genes that give you a likelihood or not for inherited disorders such as endometriosis or PCOS to help women determine the best course of action to take based… Read More

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    Illumina wants to sequence your whole genome for $100

    Illumina wants to sequence your whole genome for $100

    The first sequencing of the whole human genome in 2003 cost roughly $2.7 billion, but DNA sequencing giant Illumina has now unveiled a new machine that the company says is “expected one day” to order up your whole genome for less than $100. Illumina’s CEO Francis deSouza showed off the machine, called the NovaSeq, onstage at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in downtown… Read More

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