By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting genomics and biomarker research through its Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative aimed at pursuing its core missions of improving human health and development around the world.

Under one new program, the foundation plans to award up to $9 million to support new research to discover biomarkers in the human gut that may be used in managing infant health.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.

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