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German Gov't, Five German Shops Pledge $1.3B to Develop New Molecular Imaging Tools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research yesterday said it has joined with German industrial partners to put aside €900 million ($1.28 billion) to develop new technologies for the molecular imaging field.
The commercial partners, Bayer-Schering Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, Carl Zeiss, Karl Storz, and Siemens, will put up €750 million on top of the government’s €150 million to develop new contrast media, devices, and software through the six-year collaboration, called Innovation Alliance Molecular Imaging.

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New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.