NEW YORK, Feb. 11 - First Genetic Trust, a security firm designed to protect genetic data, has tapped Hewlett-Packard to help bolster its IT infrastructure, the companies said on Monday.

Terms of the agreement call for HP and First Genetic Trust to build and deploy a "secure and scalable" platform for genetic banking that can manage and protect patient data, the companies said in a joint statement.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

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